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President Trump has been dodging bombshell after bombshell and it doesn't look like it's going to let up any time soon. After scathing books from both his inner circle (Omarosa Manigault Newman's Unhinged) and some less close to him (Bob Woodward's Fury) were released, his Supreme Court nominee came under fire. The Washington Post published an account from Christine Blasey Ford stating that she'd been sexually assaulted by Brett Kavanaugh when she was only 15 years old. With all of the headlines surrounding Kavanaugh and midterm elections looming, one particular member of Trump's inner circle seems to be urging him to cut his losses. His daughter, Ivanka, has reportedly spoken to her father about the matter, though exactly what she said is still under wraps.
Vanity Fair reports that Ivanka has told her father to "cut bait" and just move past the entire Kavanaugh ordeal. Many believe that she's trying to influence him to quell any anger that could come from female voters. The magazine adds that it's possible that two sources could come forward to verify Ford's story and that Ivanka could be trying to prevent additional information from surfacing. But other sources mention that Kavanaugh isn't the only name on Trump's shortlist. A source close to Don McGahn, White House counsel, said that Trump's voiced his frustrations.
"Trump wants this guy on the court, but Trump knows there are five other people he could put on the court if this falls apart," an ex-official said.
The looming possibility of a Democratic takeover of both the House and Senate may be the only thing keeping Trump from attacking Ford directly. Possibly with Ivanka's encouragement, he's remained relatively silent about the ordeal, hoping to appease women voters. The more he angers any voter base, the more likely they are to turn against him.
"Trump knows the Senate is not looking good," an adviser told VF. "It's all about the impeachment, he knows it's coming."
Ivanka's public silence mirrors her actions during the family separation situation earlier this year. Though she made no public comments about what was happening at the border as they occurred throughout June, CNN mentioned that she was against the policy and even spoke to her father before he signed his zero-tolerance executive order. It wasn't until August that she broke her silence on the matter, saying that immigration, legal or not, is a complicated issue.
"I felt very strongly about that and I am very vehemently against family separation and the separation of parents and children so I would agree with that sentiment," she said. "Immigration is incredibly complex as a topic. Illegal immigration is incredibly complicated."