Despite Ivanka Trump‘s Washington enemies actively floating the idea that she might be a “target” of special counsel’s investigation, this is a good, level-headed look at why Ivanka hasn’t been called, yet…
Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter and West Wing adviser, also spoke briefly at Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer and a lobbyist who was present for that meeting during the campaign […] has yet to be called in for questioning by special counsel Robert Mueller
But Mueller’s decision to steer clear of the first daughter – at least for now – is a signal of his “don’t poke the bear until you have to” strategy.
“Mueller would know that trying to interview Ivanka Trump would be like lighting a match to the highly combustible Donald Trump,” said Elizabeth de la Vega, a former federal prosecutor who reported directly to Mueller when he served in the U.S. Attorney’s office in the Northern District of California. “The team would want to wait to the last possible moment, if at all, before taking that step.”
Calling Ivanka Trump in for an interview, former Justice Department officials and legal experts said, would be risky primarily for two reasons: it would give the public perception that the prolonged investigation has reached the point of harassing the president’s family members, giving Trump more ammunition to decry how unfairly he and his family are being treated in an investigation he has already deemed a “witch hunt.”
And it would carry with it the very real possibility that the reactive president would “go nuclear,” according to a former federal prosecutor, once again raising the possibility of pardons or toying with the idea of firing the special counsel all together.