Ivanka Trump is mandated to testify in her father’s New York civil fraud trial as determined by the presiding judge on Friday.
Judge Arthur Engoron rejected a plea from Ivanka Trump’s legal team to nullify a subpoena demanding her testimony. He did, however, state that her testimony would not be slated before Wednesday, allowing her an opportunity to challenge his decision.
“Ms. Trump has clearly availed herself of the privilege of doing business in New York,” Engoron said.
The judge further commented that Ivanka Trump ought to have presented an affidavit confirming that she currently neither resides nor is employed in the state. “Only she can tell us that, and it’s too late to do that now,” Engoron said.
Engoron swiftly dismissed a subsequent request by Donald Trump’s lawyer, Chris Kise, to consider a deposition from Ivanka Trump conducted in Florida. “We want her here in person,” Engoron said, expressing his preference for in-court, live testimonies.
Legal representatives for both Donald and Ivanka Trump contended that since Ivanka Trump hasn’t resided or worked in New York after 2017, the court lacks jurisdiction over her. They accused New York Attorney General Letitia James of pursuing her testimony merely for media attention.
“They just want another free-for-all on one of President Trump’s children,” Kise said. “They want her in the courtroom so it can be filled with media and we can have another circus day.”
Previously, Ivanka Trump was named as a codefendant alongside Donald Trump, Eric Trump, Donald Trump Jr. and several Trump Organization executives in a $250 million lawsuit. This lawsuit, initiated by James in the previous September, alleged their involvement in a prolonged fraud scheme spanning over 10 years, which the former president and his elder children exploited for personal gain.
However, a New York appeals court in June removed Ivanka Trump as a codefendant, deeming the accusations against her as outdated.
Bennet Moskowitz, representing Ivanka Trump, reiterated her non-residency and non-employment in New York since 2017. He proposed submitting an affidavit endorsed by Ivanka to confirm this, according to CNN.
Kevin Wallace, representing the attorney general’s office, emphasized Ivanka Trump’s ongoing association with the Trump Organization. He highlighted her intimate knowledge regarding a loan for the Old Post Office project in Washington, D.C.
“She ran that project, not Eric Trump,” Wallace said.
Wallace further pointed out that due to her direct profits from the Old Post Office transaction, Ivanka Trump had a vested interest when brokering the loan agreement with Deutsche Bank.
Engoron then inquired of the attorney general’s lawyer about potentially restricting her interrogation solely to the Old Post Office loan associated with Deutsche Bank.
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