FBI Investigating Ivanka International Business Deal

Posted March 04, 2018

Ivanka played a key role in hammering out the deal for the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Vancouver, which opened just one month after her father entered the White House.

A current and former USA official said the Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into negotiations and financing surrounding Trump International Hotel and tower in Vancouver.

Given that Ivanka Trump's husband, Jared Kushner, has lost his top-level security clearance, it's not surprising that investigators would closely scrutinize her.

"CNN is wrong that any hurdle, obstacle, concern, red flag or problem has been raised with respect to Ms. Trump or her clearance application", Peter Mirijanian, a spokesman for Ivanka Trump's ethics counsel, said Thursday in response to the CNN report.

Sources revealed to the news network that Kelly thinks that Trump has failed to have an objective perspective on the first daughter and senior adviser to the president.

The FBI is investigating the business dealings connected to Trump International Hotel and Tower in Vancouver, a project spearheaded by Ivanka Trump.

It remains unclear whether the deal will affect Ivanka's security clearance, or be of any interest to the Mueller investigation into the Trump campaign's possible links to Russian Federation.

It is also not clear as to why the FBI handpicked the Trump International Hotel in Vancouver as their subject of investigation.

Vancouver Trump hotel protests
Protesters were at the opening of the Trump hotel in Vancouver in February 2017.- Dan Toulgoet

The Trump Organization does not own the building in Vancouver - as is the case in numerous Trump projects, the name Trump is licensed to the actual developer, in this case Malaysian billionaire Joo Kim Tiah. Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump were on hand for the opening ceremonies of the hotel exactly one year ago.

Joo Kim Tiah attends the Trump International Hotel And Tower Vancouver Grand Opening in Vancouver, Canada.

The report comes several days after Kushner's security clearance was downgraded, preventing him from viewing numerous sensitive documents to which he once had unfettered access.

However, the text of the RealtimePolitics article provided no supporting documentation for its headline assertion that Ivanka Trump had been fired, nor did the article even reference that putative event anywhere other than in the headline.

The Trump Organization receives licensing and marketing fees from Tiah, who runs his family's Canada-based development company Holborn Group.

"Accordingly, the company would have had no involvement in the financing of the project or the sale of units", Garten was quoted as saying.

"One of the senior vice-presidents pulled me aside and said: 'Joo Kim, it's really important in your presentation that you connect with Ivanka". "In that meeting, it was clearly just me and Ivanka talking about the project".