Ivanka Trump, daughter and close adviser of Donald Trump when the president occupied the White House, must testify in the civil trial that took place in New York against his father and his two brother for defrauding the value of the Trump Organization’s assets, the judge ruled Friday.
Initially targeted by New York State Attorney General Letitia James, along with Donald Trump and two of his other children, Eric and Donald Jr, Ivanka Trump finally managed to escape.
The prosecution still wants to hear his testimony, which the defense challenged at trial, claiming he was no longer based in New York and saying prosecutors wanted to create “a media event.”
Judge Arthur Engoron ruled in favor of the prosecution, indicating that the testimony will not take place before November 1, to give the daughter of the former president a chance to appeal.
Ivanka Trump announced in January 2017 that she would leave her position at the Trump Organization, as she did, as did her husband Jared Kushner, an adviser to her father in the White House.
Within the Trump Organization, he holds the title of executive vice president in charge of development and acquisitions. For the prosecution, he was one of the main contacts of the group’s largest lender, Deutsche Bank.
For prosecutors, his trial testimony remains relevant because he maintains business ties with the Trump Organization, which has a group of real estate properties, including several skyscrapers in New York, golf courses and entertainment establishments.
In this case, the attorney general of the state of New York accused Donald Trump, 77, two of his children and two executives of the Trump Organization of overvaluing his golf courses, residences and properties in several hundred million dollars. the 2010s to get more profitable bank loans.
The former president, who has denied these accusations, and his sons Eric and Donald Jr. are also on the list of witnesses.