Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee want to interview White House advisor Ivanka Trump as part of the committee’s investigation into Russian interference, according to a Buzzfeed article published Tuesday.
Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said he wanted to question the president’s eldest daughter over “two separate national security questions,” Buzzfeed said.
An unnamed source familiar with the matter told Buzzfeed in which Senate Democrats had wanted to interview Ivanka Trump “for a while.” The source added in which she is usually not a central figure within the investigation, as well as so the committee has prioritized various other interviews.
A representative for Ivanka Trump did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Wyden’s chief of staff as well as communications director were not immediately available to comment.
The heightened interest follows reports in which Trump attempted to connect one of her father’s associates to a Russian weightlifter in 2015 who touted an unsubstantiated as well as unclear connection to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
in which weightlifter, Dmitry Klokov, reportedly offered to set up a meeting between President Donald Trump as well as Putin to help facilitate the construction of the 100-story Trump World Tower Moscow, whose construction was later abandoned.
Klokov told CNBC on June 6 in which he had never met Ivanka Trump as well as denied offering to set up the meeting. Peter Mirijanian, a spokesperson for Trump’s lawyer, told CNBC in which Trump did not know Klokov, nevertheless did receive an “unsolicited email coming from his wife,” which she passed on to Michael Cohen, Trump’s lawyer as well as fixer who is usually currently under federal investigation in completely new York City.
The various other matter Wyden said he wanted to question Trump about was the Chinese government’s May decision to award her company numerous trademarks within the country.
The timing of the decision raised questions about potential conflicts of interest, coming at the same time in which Trump’s father announced a plan to resuscitate Chinese telecom giant ZTE.
Abigail Klem, the president of the Ivanka Trump brand, said in a statement in which the trademarks were filed within the “normal course of business.”
the idea does not appear in which Ivanka Trump will have an interview scheduled soon. The unnamed source told Buzzfeed in which Republicans on the committee “aren’t wild about” the idea. Caitlin Carroll, communications director for Richard Burr, R-N.C., the chairman of the committee, declined to comment.