Even as her husband Jared Kushner testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Monday, Ivanka Trump has not been identified publicly as a target of scrutiny by Congress or Special Counsel Robert Mueller as they probe Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election.
But along with Kushner, the president’s daughter has a relationship with criminal defense lawyer Abbe Lowell, who is head of the white-collar group at Norton Rose Fulbright in Washington, D.C.
“I only have a confidential relationship with Ivanka Trump as part of my representation of Jared,” Lowell said.
As previously reported, Kushner and Trump both first retained Jamie Gorelick of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr to handle questions related to government disclosure requirements and potential conflicts between their business and government roles. Trump’s association with Lowell began when Kushner added the lawyer to his team.
Any decision by people tied to the Trump campaign to hire a white-collar defense lawyer strikes former Manhattan federal prosecutor Ira Sorkin as both an obvious and wise move.
“You have to be ready to go just in case Mr. Mueller says he needs something,” said Sorkin, a partner at New York’s Mintz & Gold who is best known for representing Ponzi fraudster Bernie Madoff.
“It’s just standard operating procedure,” Sorkin said. “My own feeling is that every individual working in the administration is going to have to get their own lawyer. It’s just the right [thing] to do.”