FBI scrutinizing Ivanka Trump international business deal: report

FBI scrutinizing Ivanka Trump international business deal: report
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FBI counterintelligence officials are scrutinizing one of Ivanka TrumpIvanka TrumpTrump Tower debt added to watch list as vacancies rise House panel tees up Trump executive privilege fight in Jan. 6 probe Mary Trump doesn't see her cousins connecting with GOP MORE's business deals related to a hotel in Vancouver, Canada, CNN reported Thursday.

Two sources familiar with the matter told CNN that officials are looking into the deal involving the International Hotel and Tower in Vancouver, which contains an Trump-branded spa. The probe comes as Trump, President TrumpDonald TrumpUkraine's president compares UN to 'a retired superhero' Collins to endorse LePage in Maine governor comeback bid Heller won't say if Biden won election MORE's elder daughter and one of his senior advisers, seeks to obtain a full security clearance.

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The development, a 616-foot building that opened in February of last year just after President Trump took office, is not owned by the Trump Organization, but rather by Joo Kim Tiah, an heir to one of Malaysia's wealthiest families, according to CNN.

It was not clear what aspects of the deal investigators are looking into, the news outlet reported. Investigations into foreign contacts and business dealings are standard procedure of a background check.

A spokesman for Ivanka Trump's ethics counsel rejected any notion that red flags had been raised during her security clearance process in a statement to CNN.

"CNN is wrong that any hurdle, obstacle, concern, red flag or problem has been raised with respect to Ms. Trump or her clearance application," said Peter Mirijanian. "Nothing in the new White House policy has changed Ms. Trump's ability to do the same work she has been doing since she joined the Administration." 

FBI investigators are looking at whether any deals could possibly leave Trump or her husband, White House senior adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerHouse panel tees up Trump executive privilege fight in Jan. 6 probe The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - US prepares vaccine booster plan House panel probing Jan. 6 attack seeks Trump records MORE, open to pressure from foreign agents. Kushner's interim top secret security clearance was downgraded last week.

In June, President Trump's financial disclosure form revealed the Trump Organization has made at least $5 million in royalties from the project, as well as thousands in management fees.