Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, has suggested Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump may be FBI informants working against the former president.
Ivanka, the former president’s daughter, distanced herself from her father’s recently announced presidential campaign this week, saying she would support Trump ‘outside the political arena’ but would no longer be involved in politics. She is one of several high-profile Republicans to walk away from Trump’s campaign after a disappointing midterm for the GOP, which saw them fail to gain control of the Senate and only a slim victory in the House of Commons. representatives.
Cohen, during an appearance on MSNBC The Katie Phang show Saturday morning, said Ivanka and Kushner may have been the informants who informed the FBI that Trump was keeping classified documents at his Florida residence in Mar-a-Lago.
Cohen explained why the couple wouldn’t return to the campaign, saying they already had “everything” they wanted working in politics. He pointed to Trump’s forgiveness of Kushner’s father and the more than $640 million the couple earned while working in the White House.
Still, he added another potential reason why they might not return to the Trump campaign.
“I believe Jared and Ivanka were potentially the moles in terms of Mar-a-Lago documents and so on,” he said. “And it would be very interesting to have, say, the son-in-law, the daughter who are FBI informants – DOJ informants – acting as senior members of a campaign or an administration if he were successful in somehow to reintegrate.”
FBI agents raided Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence on August 8 and seized boxes allegedly containing classified documents. The Department of Justice (DOJ) is currently investigating whether these records were improperly stored at Mar-a-Lago. Trump maintained his innocence, saying he could declassify the documents “even thinking about it”.
On Friday, Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed Jack Smith as special counsel to oversee the classified documents case, as well as the investigation into Trump’s role in the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol riot.
Cohen is not the first person to suggest that Kushner and Ivanka might have worked with the FBI. Mary Trump, the former president’s niece, speculated in August that they may have been the confidential source who tipped off the FBI.
“I think we need to look very carefully at why Jared got $2 billion. We need to look very carefully at why he’s been so quiet for so many months now. And we need to think about who, if so, who might also be involved in what would require such a big game as exposing Donald, in order to get out of trouble, or at least lessen the trouble they’re in,” she said in an interview with The Dean Obeidallah show.
Newsweek contacted Trump’s office for comment.