Ivanka Trump: impeachment aimed at undoing 2016 vote

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Ivanka Trump on Friday weighed in on the House impeachment inquiry of her father from half a world away in Morocco.

President Donald Trump's daughter and White House adviser told The Associated Press in an interview that she shares his oft-repeated view that the impeachment investigation is about "overturning the results of the 2016 election."

But she seemed to part ways with the president and allies who have been pressuring the news media to publicly identify the whistleblower whose complaint helped launch the investigation.

"Basically since the election, this has been the experience that our administration and our family has been having," Ivanka Trump said of persistent criticism of the president.

"Rather than wait, under a year, until the people can decide for themselves based on his record and based on his accomplishments, this new effort has commenced."

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Wearing Moroccan caftans, Ivanka Trump, the daughter and senior adviser to President Donald Trump, and Princess Lalla Meryem of Morocco, right, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, walk to greet guests before a dinner at the Royal Guest House in Rabat, Morocco. At left of Trump is Sean Cairncross, CEO of the Millennium Challenge Corporation. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Ivanka Trump, hija y asesora del presidente de Estados Unidos, Donald Trump, durante una entrevista con The Associated Press, el 8 de noviembre de 2019, en Rabat, Marruecos. (AP Foto/Jacquelyn Martin)
Ivanka Trump, the daughter and senior adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump, left, leaves an event at the "Palais des Congres," Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, in Rabat, Morocco. Trump is in Morocco promoting a global economic program for women. At right is Sean Cairncross, CEO of the Millennium Challenge Corporation. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Ivanka Trump, the daughter and senior adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump, crosses her ankles over a Moroccan tile floor as she is interviewed by the Associated Press, Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, in Rabat, Morocco. Trump is in Morocco promoting a global economic program for women. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Ivanka Trump, the daughter and senior adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump, speaks with a staffer as she arrives for an event at the "Palais de Congres," Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, in Rabat, Morocco. Trump is in Morocco promoting a global economic program for women. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Ivanka Trump, the daughter and senior adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump, is interviewed by the Associated Press, Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, in Rabat, Morocco. Trump is in Morocco promoting a global economic program for women. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Ivanka Trump, the daughter and senior adviser to President Donald Trump, left, reacts as she talks with Princess Lalla Meryem of Morocco, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, during a dinner at the Royal Guest House in Rabat, Morocco. At far right is Andre Azoulay, senior adviser to Morocco's King Mohammed VI. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Wearing Moroccan caftans, Ivanka Trump, the daughter and senior adviser to President Donald Trump, center, greets guests with Princess Lalla Meryem of Morocco, right, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, for a dinner at the Royal Guest House in Rabat, Morocco. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Wearing a Moroccan caftan, Ivanka Trump, the daughter and senior adviser to President Donald Trump, walks to greet Princess Lalla Meryem of Morocco, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, before a dinner at the Royal Guest House in Rabat, Morocco. As Trump was staying at the Guest House she greeted the Princess upon arrival before they welcomed guests together. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Ivanka Trump, the daughter and senior adviser to President Donald Trump, right, reacts as she listens to women farmers including Aicha Bourkib, second from left, and Fatiha Hamman, in red, in the province of Sidi Kacem, Morocco, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, during a tour of an olive grove collective where local women farmers are benefitting from changes allowing them to inherit land. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Ivanka Trump, the daughter and senior adviser to President Donald Trump, shakes hands with Moroccan Prime Minister Saadeddine el-Othmani, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, as they pose for a photograph before their meeting in Rabat, Morocco. At right is Sean Cairncross, CEO of the Millennium Challenge Corporation. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Ivanka Trump, right, the daughter and senior adviser to President Donald Trump, walks with Sean Cairncross, CEO of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, through a medina, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, in Rabat, Morocco, after attending a tea ceremony and roundtable event. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Ivanka Trump, the daughter and senior adviser to President Donald Trump gives a high five to a woman as Sean Cairncross, CEO of the Millennium Challenge Corporation looks on in a restaurant in Rabat, Morocco, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Ivanka Trump, the daughter and senior adviser to President Donald Trump, is greeted by Princess Lalla Meryem of Morocco as she arrives in Rabat, Morocco, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, where she will promote a global economical program for women. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
SIDI KACEM, MOROCCO - NOVEMBER 07: Ivanka Trump (C), daughter and advisor of U.S. President Donald Trump, makes a speech as she meets female farmers during her visit to promote the Women's Economic Development Plan, on November 7, 2019 in the Moroccan city of Sidi Kacem. Sean Cairncross (R), the Chief Executive Officer of the Millennium Challenge Corporation also attended the visit. (Photo by Jalal Morchidi/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump (R), daughter and advisor of US President Donald Trump, is greeted by local women farmers in the Moroccan city of Sidi Kacem on November 7, 2019. (Photo by FADEL SENNA / AFP) (Photo by FADEL SENNA/AFP via Getty Images)
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Ivanka Trump told AP that the whistleblower's identity is "not particularly relevant" to the impeachment inquiry and declined to speculate on the motives behind the whistleblower's complaint.

The whistleblower should no longer be a "substantive part" of the conversation, she said, noting that the individual was not among administration officials who heard President Trump ask Ukraine's leader during a July 25 telephone conversation to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, currently a leading contender for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination to challenge Trump.

"This is a third party who was not privy to the call and did not have firsthand information," Ivanka Trump said. "That is what was the catalyst for all of this discussion. But to me, it's not particularly relevant aside from what the motivation behind all of this was."

She rejected any suggestion that her own family has been profiting off the presidency even as President Trump and his allies have criticized the involvement of Biden's son, Hunter, with a Ukrainian oil venture when his father was vice president.

Ivanka Trump said the Bidens had "created wealth as a derivative" of public service while her family had made its money in business before her father became president.

Good government groups, however, have criticized the president for unethically mixing official business with promotion of his own interests.

Trump is the first president in modern history who has failed to divest from his business holdings. He makes frequent trips to his for-profit golf clubs, continues to collect dues at his members-only properties, and hosts fundraisers and foreign delegations at hotels that bear his family's name.

The president's daughter is wrapping up a three-day visit to Morocco, where she has been promoting a U.S. program aimed at helping empower women in developing countries.

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