The New York judiciary has rejected Ivanka Trump's plea to delay her deposition, on grounds that participating during a school week would impose excessive difficulty. This decision has prompted considerable ridicule towards the ex-president's daughter across the internet.
The children of Donald Trump have been summoned for depositions as part of a civil fraud inquiry in New York, stemming from a $250 million legal action initiated by New York Attorney General Letitia James the previous year. The legal action charges that Trump, along with his enterprise and his two grown sons, Donald Jr. and Eric, deliberately engaged in a plot to exaggerate the value of Trump's properties to gain advantages like better loan terms and insurance policies.
Trump has repudiated the accusations, asserting that James' actions are a politically-driven assault. The former president, who announced his candidacy for the 2024 election earlier this year, currently leads the Republican primary field significantly ahead of other contenders.
Testimony from Donald Trump Jr. commenced on Wednesday, followed by Eric Trump's appearance before the court on Thursday. Both brothers have refuted allegations of manipulating business records and committing insurance fraud. Ivanka Trump is scheduled for questioning the following week, as the New York court dismissed her legal team's efforts to quash a subpoena requiring her testimony.
Despite Ivanka Trump no longer being a party to the lawsuit—after an appellate court ruled out the case against her due to statute of limitations—she remains a pertinent witness in the ongoing New York legal proceedings.
The legal team contended that Ivanka Trump was a crucial intermediary and negotiator with Deutsche Bank concerning three significant loans that are focal points of the ongoing trial.
Prosecutors also mentioned that her ties to the Trump Organization were both financial and professional. Ivanka began her tenure at the company in 2005, departing in 2017 for a role as an advisor in the White House following her father's presidential victory.
Her legal counsel sought to postpone her deposition until November 8th, citing significant inconvenience, as her appearance was initially set for a Wednesday, which would disrupt a school week. Nevertheless, this plea was overruled by an appellate court on Thursday evening.
The failed effort by her attorneys to avoid her deposition has led to widespread derision of the ex-president’s daughter on various social media platforms.
— Katie Phang (@KatiePhang) November 3, 2023
"She has 6 nannies, 4 babysitters, a live-in staff, a mother-in-law who lives 2 blocks away and a sister-in-law who watches her kids whenever she needs her to," Andrew Wortman wrote on X. "But yeah, better pause the trial for Princess Ivanka because 'it's a school week' and this creates 'undue hardship'."
On Wednesday morning, via Truth Social, Donald Trump levelled accusations at Judge Arthur Engoron, the presiding judge over the New York case, claiming he was targeting his offspring. He expressed, "Leave my children alone, Engoron. You are a disgrace to the legal profession!" The ex-president is due to give his testimony on Monday.
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