In a New York fraud lawsuit, Ivanka Trump, the oldest child of twice-impeached former president Donald Trump, sought to blame her relatives. The 41-year-old former first daughter uncomfortably suggested that her 76-year-old father Donald and her brothers could have cheated the Trump Organization.
On October 2, 2023, a trial is scheduled in the New York attorney general’s lawsuit against the Trump Organization, which includes Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr., 45, Ivanka Trump, and Eric Trump, 39. What is known about Ivanka’s legal team’s strategy is as follows:
According to Vanity Fair, the defendants (who vehemently rejected all charges) were charged with “staggering” fraud in 2022. According to the article, they reportedly created more than “200 fraudulent and deceptive assessments from 2011 to 2021,” and AG Letitia James accuses Mr. Trump and the Trump Organization of using an “astonishing pattern of deception.”
The state of New York has requested a $250 million monetary fine and a ban on the former president, Don Jr., Ivanka, and Eric “from ever running a business in New York again, among other things” if the Trump Organization and family are found to be at fault, the source notes.
The Trump family would find that outcome “extremely embarrassing,” which is probably why “Don Sr. and his eldest daughter have asked for the start date to be delayed,” according to Vanity Fair. The ex-(and president’s current presidential contender) attorneys have countered that it would “require 11,000 hours to evaluate the material” and that the trial should be postponed by six months. Ivanka’s legal team used a “somewhat different strategy,” VF continues.
According to the Independent, Ms. Trump’s attorneys claim in court documents that there is “not a single allegation” that she directly or indirectly prepared, reviewed, or certified any of her father’s financial statements in the “fraud complaint filed last year against her and her codefendants” by New York attorney general Letitia James.
“Other people were responsible for such chores,” her attorneys wrote. Her father and siblings are the “other persons” charged in the case, which would make things problematic. The Independent‘s key point was that Ivanka “threw her father under the bus” in addition to her brothers.
Additionally, Ivanka’s attorneys claim that there is not a single claim in the lawsuit that “Ms. Trump directly or indirectly created, prepared, reviewed, or certified any of her father’s financial statements,” despite the fact that James’ office has explicitly accused her of taking part in the alleged fraud.
All three of the Trump children “knowingly engaged” in the plan, according to the AG’s office, according to the lawsuit. Ivanka’s participation in “securing loans to acquire Florida and Chicago homes in 2012, loans that were obtained in part owing to falsified financial statements,” as reported by Vanity Fair, is mentioned in the complaint explicitly in relation to her.