On Monday, United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley announced she was resigning her position and would be gone by the end of the year. Talk immediately began about possible replacements, including Jared Kushner and/or “President” Donald J. Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump. Ivanka downplayed the suggestion later in the day, ignoring the fact that United States law (the Bobby Kennedy rule) would prohibit such nepotism. In addition, Ivanka should be worrying that the Republican rally mob’s cry of “lock her up” might be apropos for her personally.
In addition to the Haley news, on Monday, the FBI reported that it had frozen the US assets of Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, including his New York mansion. Deripaska is suspected of having mob ties and is a close ally of both Vladimir Putin and Paul Manafort. The inhabitant of the property, for unknown reasons, is none other than Dasha Zhukova, best friend of Ivanka. Zhukova was Ivanka’s guest at the inauguration and they are regular travel buddies. Zhukova is living in Deripaska’s home while her property her ex-husband gave to her is being rehabbed. Her ex-husband, Roman Abramovich, is a Russian oligarch.
What we know about the Donald Trump family is there is zero degrees of separation between any member of the Trump family and the Russians. At every turn, there is another connection and link to the Puppet master Putin and Russian oligarchs. Rather than pretending to be entitled to the throne, Ivanka and daddy should be getting their affairs in order. Danger looms ahead (translation: prison), you can bet your bottom dollar, for Ivanka and Jared and daddy – or bet your bottom ruble.
Daniel Cotter is a lawyer writing and teaching about SCOTUS, and married father of two boys living in Chicago, Illinois.