Ivanka Trump's Canadian Business Deal Is Reportedly Under Investigation by the FBI

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Ivanka Trump's business dealings in Canada have come under scrutiny by the FBI as part of the bureau's work to provide President Donald Trump's eldest daughter and top aide with a full security clearance, CNN reported Thursday.

The deal under investigation is Trump International Hotel and Tower in Vancouver, which opened in February 2017, shortly after the president's inauguration.

The building is not actually owned by the Trump Organization, but by a Malaysian developer who has licensed the Trump brand. It features an "Ivanka Trump" branded spa and the first daughter played a key role in negotiating the deal.

The CNN report notes that probing these kinds of deals is standard practice for an FBI background check, but the complex web of foreign ties required to finance such a deal complicate the investigation.

A spokesperson for Ivanka Trump insisted to CNN that there are no obstacles to Ivanka Trump obtaining a security clearance.  

This is not the first time a Trump deal in Canada has raised red flags. In May 2017, the Wall Street Journal reported that the developer of a Trump building in Toronto poured $65 million into the project after receiving hundreds of millions of dollars from a Russian bank. 

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.

A Washington Post report earlier this week also found that foreign governments have considered using Kushner's financial interests as leverage to manipulate him, raising further questions about the couple's security and their place at the White House.

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