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Nicole Lafond

Nicole Lafond is a news writer for TPM based in New York City. She is also currently earning a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University and previously worked as an education reporter at The News-Gazette in Champaign, Ill. Follow her on Twitter @Nicole_Lafond.

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White House adviser and first daughter Ivanka Trump threw cold water on suggestions that anyone in her family should be concerned about the impending report from special counsel Robert Mueller’s office.

“I’m not, I’m really not,” she told ABC News when asked if she was worried about the probe. “You mentioned the Moscow example, it’s a perfect example, there’s nothing there. Yet it’s created weeks and weeks and months of headlines. So no, I have zero concern.”

Expanding on reports of the Moscow Trump Tower deal — the timeline of which President Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen admitted he lied to Congress about — Ivanka Trump said she knew “literally almost nothing” about the project.

“There was never a binding contract. I never talked to the — with a third party outside of the organization about it. It was one of — I mean we could have had 40 or 50 deals like that, that were floating around, that somebody was looking at,” she said. “Nobody visited it to see if it was worth our time. So this was not exactly like an advanced project.”

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President Trump responded to the scandal that has engulfed the top three Democrats in the state of Virginia in recent days, suggesting in a tweet it will push the state back into Republican leadership in 2020.

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