“They are advisers to the president... This is not their children at home.”

The internal deliberations — and, in some quarters, reluctance — highlight the concern among some Democrats about the political optics of questioning Trump’s adult children, even as they insist the president’s family members, especially those serving in government, should not be immune from accountability.

Presidential children rarely draw the scrutiny of congressional investigators, but Trump’s adult children fill unique roles in his administration, with Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, carrying the title of senior advisers to the president while being heavily involved in policy decisions and Capitol Hill negotiations on criminal justice, the Middle East and paid family leave.

“Whomever falls into that net, falls into that net,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday, arguing that Trump’s children are not off limits to investigations. “They are advisers to the president. They have security clearances. This is not their children at home.”