The President Donald Trump has asked the FBI to investigate whether Ivanka Trump was involved in a campaign to influence the election.
The White House said Thursday that the Justice Department is reviewing the inquiry, which was prompted by a series of new revelations about Trump’s former campaign chair Paul Manafort.
The move comes after the president’s daughter’s business relationship with a pro-Russian oligarch in Ukraine, as well as his efforts to expand his business empire.
The FBI is investigating the Trump Organization for possible violations of federal election laws and has requested the cooperation of a law enforcement official familiar with the matter, according to two officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss the investigation publicly.
The president’s spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In a letter to FBI Director James Comey on Wednesday, White House counsel Don McGahn asked him to investigate Manafort, whom the president fired after he was charged with money laundering and conspiracy to launder money.
McGahn wrote that Manafort had “engaged in a concerted effort to undermine the United States Government’s legitimate foreign policy objectives by using his personal finances to enrich himself and his associates and that his actions have undermined public trust in the United