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Ivanka Trump Forced To Give Deposition In Lawsuit Alleging Misuse Of Inaugural Funds

In the surest sign yet that the Trump family is on the verge of being in very serious legal trouble, Ivanka Trump gave a deposition to investigators working for the attorney general of the District of Columbia on Tuesday, according to CNN:

“Ivanka Trump, the President’s daughter and adviser, sat for a deposition Tuesday with investigators from the Washington, DC, attorney general’s office as part of its lawsuit alleging the misuse of inaugural funds, according to a court filing.

“In January, the DC attorney general’s office sued the Trump Organization and Presidential Inaugural Committee alleging they abused more than $1 million raised by the nonprofit by ‘grossly overpaying’ for use of event space at the Trump hotel in Washington for the 2017 inauguration.”

Who set the rate for the use of that event space at the Trump hotel? None other than Ivanka Trump:

“During the planning, Ivanka Trump, the president-elect’s eldest daughter and a senior executive with the Trump Organization, was involved in negotiating the price the hotel charged the 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee for venue rentals.”

Such an activity is referred to as “skimming,” and it also happens to be illegal, according to Bruce Kappel, an attorney with Akerman LLP, who advises nonprofits:

“It could become a criminal violation, Kappel said, if investigators uncover evidence that people knew that charging above-market rates to enrich the Trump Organization was illegal and did it anyway.”

Just this week, we learned that President Trump is considering preemptive pardons for members of his family, including Ivanka, her husband Jared Kushner, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump. But a presidential pardon would only cover federal crimes and would not apply to states or the District of Columbia.

And it turns out that Ivanka isn’t the only member of the Trump inner circle that have been asked for records related to the 2016 inaugural:

“The attorney general’s office has also subpoenaed records from Barrack, Ivanka Trump, first lady Melania Trump, and Rick Gates, the former inaugural committee deputy chairman, the filing said.”

What a mess! And Ivanka is right in the middle of it, along with her daddy and her stepmother. Each of them is facing serious criminal penalties if it can be proven they skimmed money from the inaugural committee’s coffers.

It’s starting to look like the only way any of the Trumps will ever get out of going to prison is if he or she agrees to testify against the others. Could Ivanka be the little bird that sings?

 

By Andrew Bradford

Proud progressive journalist and political adviser living behind enemy lines in Red America.

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