Perhaps hoping to avoid being thrown overboard by her father and others in the Trump Organization, Ivanka Trump is now making it clear in court filings that she intends to point the finger the failed former president in an effort to save her own skin.
A lawsuit filed by New York Attorney General Letitia James accuses the Trump Organization and its top corporate officers — one of whom just so happens to be Ivanka — of bank and tax fraud and seeks civil penalties against the company and those in charge of it.
Now, however, Ivanka is asserting through her attorneys that she had nothing to do with any fraud and that “other individuals were responsible for those tasks.”
Erik Larson of Bloomberg reported on the filing from Ivanka’s attorneys.
NEW: Ivanka Trump joined her father and brothers in asking a judge to delay the Oct. 2 trial of NY’s fraud suit. Her lawyer said the case “is not simple” and that Ivanka has a “unique” defense because she left Trump Org. in 2017 and isn’t accused of lying about her dad’s finances
“The Complaint does not contain a single allegation that Ms. Trump directly or indirectly created, prepared, reviewed, or certified any of her father’s financial statements,” her lawyer said in a filing. The suit alleges “that other individuals were responsible for those tasks”
AG James believes that Donald Trump and the Trump Organization committed at least $21 million in tax fraud. She is seeking financial penalties against the company and to ban it from doing business in the state of New York ever again, a form of corporate death penalty that can be used by the state in extreme cases of bad behavior by a corporate entity.
The Trump Organization is headquartered in the Empire State and would likely be destroyed if James is successful with her lawsuit.