Former President Trump is not happy that his oldest daughter, Ivanka, is being forced to take the stand in his business fraud trial.
The night before Ivanka was set to testify Trump fired off a number of Truth Social posts criticizing the move.
“Tomorrow my wonderful and beautiful daughter, Ivanka, is going to the Lower Manhattan Courthouse, at the direction of Letitia Peekaboo James, the Corrupt and Racist New York State Attorney General, who has allowed Murder and Violent Crime in New York to flourish, and a Trump Hating, out of control Clubhouse appointed Judge, Arthur Engoron, who viciously ruled against me before the trial even started, wouldn’t even consider a Jury, and said that Mar-a-Lago, in Palm Beach, Florida, is worth $18,000,000 when, in fact, it is worth 50 to 100 times that amount,” the former president wrote on Truth Social.
“Now they are trying to bring Ivanka into the case, despite the Court of Appeals ruling that she cannot be charged. Sad!” he added.
New York Attorney General Letitia James’ case accuses Trump, his two adult sons, the Trump Organization, and top executives of falsely inflating the values of Trump’s real estate properties and other assets in order to get tax benefits and better loan terms.
James seeks around $250 million in damages, and she wants to bar Trump and his co-defendants from running another business in New York.
Ivanka was dismissed from the case in June, however, the judge ruled that the dismissal did not prevent her from testifying. Ivanka appealed the decision, but an appeals court denied her request.
In emails to her counsel, the attorney general’s office said Ivanka’s household staffing, credit cards, taxes, and New York housing were still being paid for or managed by the Trump Organization.
“Ms. Trump, even after her formal resignation, has remained intertwined with the Trump Organization and we believe that she is still amenable to service through that enterprise,” Assistant Attorney General Sherief Gaber wrote in a Sept. 26 email.
“Ms. Trump has clearly availed herself of the privilege of doing business in New York,” Engoron said while handing down his decision.