Mueller zooms in on Ivanka in Russian probe

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Special counsel Robert Mueller has reportedly turned his attention towards first daughter and presidential adviser Ivanka Trump as he revisits the now-infamous meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer at Trump Tower in June 2016.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the president’s eldest daughter spoke to Natalia Veselnitskaya and Russian-American lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin as they exited Trump Tower following the meeting. A source told the paper that the two exchanged pleasantries by the Trump Tower elevator.

Continuing to grasp for straws in the year-long effort to prove that President Trump colluded with the Russians to win the 2016 election, Mueller “reportedly wants to know about every interaction between Trump’s family and inner circle and those at the meeting,” according to a report in the Washington Examiner.

“Some defense lawyers involved in the case view Mueller’s latest push as a sign that investigators are focusing on possible obstruction of justice by Trump and several of his closest advisors for their statements about the politically sensitive meeting, rather than for collusion with the Russians,” according to the LA Times’ report.

Trump has repeatedly called the issue of collusion between the campaign and the Russians a “hoax” perpetrated by the media.

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