>> An online auction for coffee with Ivanka Trump, with proceeds going to a foundation run by her brother Eric. Pulled Friday morning after a New York Times report said ethics lawyers see it as a means for potentially buying influence with Ivanka. Who along with husband Jared Kushner, a major force in Trump's campaign.
May take an active role in her father Donald's administration. The report also questioning whether she is using her public status for private gain. By helping fund her brother's organisation. Ivanka has been a key part of Donald Trump's transition team. Joining him on his first face to face with Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe.
And most recently sitting on his meeting with tech titans. Before the page vanished from website Chartitybuzz the highest bid stood at just under $75,000. The Times reporting that a London based investment manager. And a Houston restaurant chain owner were among the high-profile bidders. When contacted by the Times on Thursday.
Eric Trump said he was considering shutting down the bidding, which launched ten days ago. A link to the auction now redirects to the Charitybuzz homepage with no explanation. A cancellation of the auction would be the second ethical concession. Made by Ivanka since her dad won the presidency. A jewellery company she owns apologized last month.
For marketing a nearly $11,000 bracelet she wore during a 60 Minutes interview shortly after the election.