Ivanka Trump, daughter of former President Donald Trump, is required to provide testimony in a legal case involving business fraud.
A judge in New York has made this decision, even though Ivanka initially tried to avoid testifying by claiming she had left the city and distanced herself from the Trump Organization.
Judge Arthur Engoron pointed out that Ivanka still has connections to her family’s businesses and real estate in New York, despite her efforts to step away.
This case centers around several allegations, including the manipulation of business records, insurance fraud, and conspiracy, all of which the defendants deny.
Prosecutors believe that Ivanka Trump possesses crucial information related to this case. In his recent ruling, Judge Engoron supported the prosecutors, saying, “Ms Trump has clearly availed herself of the privilege of doing business in New York.”
He backed this statement with evidence showing her continued ownership or management ties to certain New York businesses and her ownership of Manhattan apartments.
Ivanka’s legal team argued that she should not be required to testify since she officially resigned from the Trump Organization in 2017 and relocated to Florida.
On the other hand, state lawyers argued that Ivanka played a significant role in some of the events under scrutiny in this case.
Judge Engoron has set a date for Ivanka’s testimony after November 1, allowing her legal team time to challenge the ruling if they wish to do so.
It’s worth mentioning that earlier this year, an appeals court in New York removed Ivanka as a defendant in this civil fraud case, as they believed the accusations against her were barred by the state’s statute of limitations.
This legal action was initiated by New York Attorney General Letitia James, a Democrat, who is seeking substantial penalties and strict limitations on the Trump family’s businesses.
Donald Trump, who is currently a prominent contender for the Republican nomination in the 2024 election, has dismissed this case as politically motivated and a “sham.”
It is anticipated that he and his sons will also be called to testify in this ongoing legal matter.