FBI counterintelligence officials are reportedly investigating White House adviser and First Daughter Ivanka Trump for her role in a brokering a deal for a Trump hotel in Canada, CNN reported Thursday afternoon.
Citing former and current US officials, the news network reported that the FBI is probing the Trump International Hotel and Tower Vancouver “to determine whether any of those deals could leave them vulnerable to pressure from foreign agents, including China.”
According to CNN, the Vancouver hotel, which features at trademarked Ivanka Trump spa, opened the month after President Donald Trump took office. The Trump Organization reportedly received $5 million in royalties and $21,500 in fees from the hotel’s owner, Malaysian developer Joo Kim Tiah, who owns and operates developments in Canada under his Holborn Group company. Trump does not own the hotel itself, CNN noted.
The news comes the same week the New York Times revealed that Jared Kushner, Ivanka’s husband and fellow senior White House adviser, held meetings inside the West Wing with bankers prior to receiving half a billion dollars in loans.
The Post also reported that Kushner was considered an easy target for manipulation by at least four foreign governments due to a $1.2 billion debt his family business owns that will come due in January 2019.
“It’s not clear why investigators are examining this particular deal. “The timing of the deal — as one of the few Trump-branded properties to open since Trump took office — could be of interest. The flow of foreign money, either from the developer or international condo buyers, could also be sparking scrutiny.”