Ivanka Trump: Whistleblower identity 'not particularly relevant'

Ivanka Trump: Whistleblower identity 'not particularly relevant'
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White House adviser Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpOvernight Energy: Study finds 'forever chemicals' in more locations | Trump officials approve Keystone XL pipeline right-of-way | Warren asks banks for climate plans Gore praises Greta Thunberg after meeting: 'Nobody speaks truth to power as she does' Ivanka Trump refuses to criticize Greta Thunberg: 'She's elevated awareness' MORE on Friday seemed to part with her father, saying that the identity of the whistleblower at the heart of House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry launched against President TrumpDonald John TrumpKaine: Obama called Trump a 'fascist' during 2016 campaign Kaine: GOP senators should 'at least' treat Trump trial with seriousness of traffic court Louise Linton, wife of Mnuchin, deletes Instagram post in support of Greta Thunberg MORE is “not particularly relevant.”

“The whistleblower shouldn’t be a substantive part of the conversation,” she told The Associated Press, telling the outlet that the person “did not have firsthand information.”

Ivanka Trump added that the whistleblower’s identity is “not particularly relevant aside from what the motivation behind all of this was.” She said she believes the impeachment investigation launched against her father is about “overturning the results of the 2016 election,” instead of the president’s contacts with Ukraine.

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“Basically since the election, this has been the experience that our administration and our family has been having,” she told the AP. “The interest in overturning the results of the 2016 election and removing him from office. So rather than wait, under a year, until the people can decide for themselves based on his record and based on his accomplishments, this new effort has commenced.”

President Trump and his allies have pushed for the identity of the whistleblower to be released in recent weeks. On Monday, the president demanded that the whistleblower testify before Congress, saying that it was “not acceptable” for the person to answer written questions from Republican lawmakers.

President Trump alleged Sunday at the White House that the whistleblower was aligned with Obama administration officials.

“There have been stories written about a certain individual, a male, and they say he’s the whistleblower,” he said. “If he's the whistleblower, he has no credibility because he’s a [John] Brennan guy, he’s a Susan Rice guy, he’s an Obama guy. And he hates Trump.” 

“Now, maybe it’s not him. But if it’s him, you guys ought to release the information,” the president continued. 

The whistleblower filed a complaint earlier this year about a July 25 call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, alleging that the president used his position to solicit an investigation from Ukraine into Joe BidenJoe BidenDes Moines Register endorses Elizabeth Warren as Democratic presidential nominee Sanders faces lingering questions about appeal to women voters George Conway: Witness missing from impeachment trial is Trump MORE and his son Hunter Biden. In the interview released Friday, Ivanka Trump accused the Bidens of creating "wealth as a derivative” of public service.

An attorney for the whistleblower, Andrew Bakaj, reportedly sent a cease and desist letter to the White House this week, alleging that the president’s continued attacks have placed the whistleblower “and their family in physical danger.”