Ivanka Trump’s husband attended several secret meetings with the Russian government during the election and transition period, and then lied about it on security clearance forms. Ivanka Trump’s brother set up a treasonous meeting with the Russian government aimed at rigging the election, which was also attended by Ivanka Trump’s husband. Now comes a question that closely echoes the last moment in history which approached this level of scandal: what did Ivanka know and when did she know it?
The question isn’t merely a hypothetical one. Ivanka Trump inexplicably applied for and received a government security clearance for her essentially non-existent job in the White House. She filled out an SF-86 security clearance form of her own. It requires listing any foreign meetings that she or her spouse, siblings, or parents participated in. She certainly left off all of Jared Kushner’s and Donald Trump Jr.’s Russia meetings when she filled out the form.
Are we supposed to believe that Ivanka somehow didn’t know about any of these meetings? Because if she did know, and she left them off her security clearance forms, then she’s just as much of a felon as her husband is. This hasn’t been lost on Democrats in Congress, who are now demanding answers as to when and what Ivanka knew, and whether she lied on her clearance forms (source: link). But this runs much deeper than whether or not she lied on a piece of paperwork.
Although there is no publicly available evidence yet that Ivanka Trump attended any Russia meetings of her own, it’s extraordinarily difficult to believe that a lackey like Kushner and a buffoon like Trump Jr. were meeting with the Kremlin during the election and she wasn’t. After all, she’s the relative brains of the family. Even money says Ivanka is the next to get swallowed by this scandal.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report