In the civil trial for financial fraud against Donald Trump, his daughter Ivanka distanced herself from her precise role in the family real estate empire and alongside it. of her father, swearing under oath not to remember negotiations for advantageous loans with banks in the 2010s.
Ivanka Trump is not being prosecuted civilly in this business and left the Trump Organization holding company in 2017 to advise his father when he entered the White House, where he dreams of returning on January 20, 2025.
Arriving smiling and relaxed at the Manhattan courthouse, dressed in a black outfit over a white t-shirt, Ivanka Trump was sworn in before the Supreme Court of the State of New York (trial court, editor's note), where have already testified last week and Monday her brothers Don Jr and Eric Trump, and the former president of the United States.
When the representative of the public prosecutor called her to speak, the judge Arthur Engoron, who has chaired the debates since October 2, jokingly said: “Who is she?”
In a very soft and barely audible voice, Ivanka Trump continued to assert that she did not “remember” in detail the negotiations she had with banks on loan conditions, such as this is evidenced by emails that she exchanged in 2011 and 2016 with banks and that the prosecutor presented to her.
– “I don't remember” –
“Sitting here today “Today, I don't remember these conditions dating back to 2011”, she assured.
Also asked about her possible role alongside her father in establishing his “personal financial statements”, Ivanka Trump replied: “It was not things that I was aware of (…) I was not involved in her personal financial statements.”
She also answered questions from defense attorney Jesus Suarez that appeared to have made prosecutors laugh.
“They laugh”. “They think it’s funny,” he belched, a scene that marked the end of Ivanka Trump’s testimony.
Before the hearing, New York State Attorney General Letitia James, who is prosecuting Trump father and son, had accused “Ivanka Trump (of) closing and negotiating advantageous loans based on fraudulent financial statements” before leave the Trump Organization.
“She will try to distance herself from the company but, unfortunately, the facts will show that she was very involved,” insisted this senior magistrate, elected from the Democratic Party, who is demanding $250 million in compensation from the Trump clan. .
Ivanka Trump, daughter of former President of the United States Donald Trump, arrives at the courthouse in New York, November 8, 2023 © AFP – Adam GRAY
Donald Trump, who defended himself virulently in court on Monday, is accused along with his sons and the staff of the Trump Organization of having fraudulently colossally inflated the value of their assets – a myriad of companies managing skyscrapers, hotels and luxury residences or golf courses around the world – to obtain better bank loans and more favorable insurance conditions.
Before the trial, Judge Engoron had ruled in a scathing order at the end of September that the New York State Attorney General's Office presented “conclusive evidence that between 2014 and 2021, the defendants overvalued the assets” of the group of “812 million (to) 2.2 billion dollars” depending on the year, in the figures recorded on Donald Trump's annual financial statements.
As a result of “repeated fraud”, he ordered the liquidation of the companies managing these assets, such as the Trump Tower on 5th Avenue in New York or the neo-Gothic style and soon to be century-old skyscraper at 40 Wall Street.
If this decision – currently suspended on appeal – is applied, the Republican billionaire would lose control of part of his real estate empire.
This trial does not is just one of the first legal tests awaiting Donald Trump. In particular, he must appear from March 2024 before federal justice in Washington for his alleged attempts to reverse the result of the 2020 election.
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