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Ivanka Trump is mulling a political comeback that will focus on criminal justice reform, Axios says

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Ivanka Trump arrives to introduce her father during a “Make America Great Again” rally at Total Sports Park in Washington, Michigan, on November 1, 2020.

  • Ivanka Trump is considering making criminal justice reform the center of her political comeback.
  • She showed in interest in previous pardons issued by President Donald Trump.
  • She has also been tipped as a potential Republican challenger to Marco Rubio in 2022.
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Ivanka Trump is already considering her political reemergence, and is looking to make criminal justice reform the center of it, Axios reported Thursday.

The former first daughter has privately expressed an interest in continuing her career after being an advisor to the Trump White House, the report said.

Separately, she has been rumored as a potential Republican challenger to Sen. Marco Rubio in 2022.

Although Ivanka herself has not publicly confirmed anything, sources close to her told Axios that criminal justice reform – a popular and bipartisan issue – could be the focus of her ambitions.

“It would not be surprising if it’s among the causes she champions in her next chapter,” a source close to Ivanka told Axios.

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Former President Donald Trump’s eldest daughter was, according to the Washington Post, heavily involved in helping her father issue more than 140 pardons and commutations in the final hours of his presidency.

Both Ivanka and husband Jared Kushner were also involved in previous Trump administration moves on criminal justice reform. They helped promote the First Step Act, which aimed to cut federal sentences and improve conditions in federal prisons.

The bill was passed by Congress and signed by Trump in December 2018. 

The couple has also been tied to the issue for personal reasons: Kushner’s father, real estate developed Charles Kushner, was incarcerated for two years after being convicted of illegal campaign contributions and tax evasion.

He was also granted a full pardon by Trump last month.

Ivanka has “been very much involved in the criminal justice issues for a long time, going back to the First Step Act,” Mark Holden, chairman of the board of Americans for Prosperity, told Axios.

“It’s great if she could continue doing it…We need all the help we can get.”

The former first daughter, who recently dropped over $30 million on a property in Miami with Kushner, is said to be interested in making Florida the base to kickstart her political career after being shunned by New York City’s social elite.

“Ivanka definitely has political ambitions, no question about it,” a source told CNN last month. “She wants to run for something, but that still needs to be figured out.” 

The Sunshine State reportedly appeals to her not only because her family owns property there, but also because it offers a good political opportunity, the source said.

Florida voted for Trump in the 2016 and the 2020 presidential election.

Ivanka has not yet publicly commented on any of her future plans.

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