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Ivanka Trump calls five-hour deposition for probe into inauguration ‘vindictiveness’

Ivanka Trump has lashed out at the attorney general of Washington, D.C., two days after she got grilled in a lawsuit investigating alleged improper payments to the Trump hotel she helped oversee.

Following a deposition she says ran for more than five hours, the first daughter published an email she claims exonerates her.  

The city AG’s office has failed suit accusing the nonprofit presidential inaugural committee of making $1 million in improper payments to the luxury Trump hotel in Washington, D.C. – a Trump property that Ivanka has helped oversee. It is in a historic federally-owned building on a long term lease.  

The president’s daughter adopted a combative tone more typical of her father, ripping the probe as politically driven. 

First daughter Ivanka Trump, wore a face mask as she leaves Washington D.C. home on Thursday morning. She blasted an inquiry of the 2017 Trump inauguration that she cast as politically motivated

‘This “inquiry” is another politically motivated demonstration of vindictiveness & waste of taxpayer dollars,’ she wrote.

She confirmed her participation in the deposition on Twitter after it had been publicly reported and revealed in a court document. It all came down after President Trump continues to claim the election was ‘rigged’ and reportedly has considered granting pardons to family members including his daughter. 

‘This week I spent 5+ hours in a deposition with the Democrat D.C. AG’s office where they questioned the rates charged by the Trump Hotel at inauguration,’ she wrote.

‘I shared with them an email from 4 years ago where I sent instructions to the hotel to charge “a fair market rate” (see below) which the hotel then did. This ‘inquiry’ is another political motivated demonstration of vindictiveness & waste of taxpayer dollars.’

In a physical demonstration that she has nothing to hide, Ivanka strolled out of her Washington, D.C. home and was photographed on a crisp day in Washington, as she headed to the White House where her father on Thursday afternoon called the election ‘fixed.’  

She attached a December 2016 email in which she wrote: ‘Just seeing this. Why don’t you call and negotiate. It should be a fair market rate.’

Trump organization lawyer Alan Garten said Wednesday: ‘Ms. Trump’s only involvement was connecting the parties and instructing the hotel to charge a ‘fair market rate,’ which the hotel did.” 

'This "inquiry" is another politically motivated demonstration of vindictiveness & waste of taxpayer dollars,' Ivanka Trump wrote on Twitter

‘This “inquiry” is another politically motivated demonstration of vindictiveness & waste of taxpayer dollars,’ Ivanka Trump wrote on Twitter

She published a 2016 email requesting a 'fair market rate'

She published a 2016 email requesting a ‘fair market rate’

The president’s daughter was deposed by the Washington D.C. Attorney General’s office on Tuesday as part of its ongoing lawsuit accusing the Trump Inaugural Committee of misusing nonprofit funds for the president’s 2017 celebration.

Ivanka, , 39, a senior advisor to the president, is one of of several witnesses in the case, and was grilled by attorneys this week, according to a court filing obtained by CNN Wednesday.

It comes after Trump’s inaugural committee was sued in January over allegations it had spent more than $1 million to book a ballroom at the Trump International Hotel for his inauguration, as part of a scheme to ‘grossly overpay’ for party space and enrich the president’s own family in the process. 

DC Attorney General Karl Racine said the committee misused nonprofit funds and coordinated with the hotel’s management and members of the Trump family to arrange the events. 

Ivanka Trump was deposed by the DC Attorney General's Office on Tuesday as part of its lawsuit against the Trump inaugural committee filed earlier this year

Ivanka Trump was deposed by the DC Attorney General’s Office on Tuesday as part of its lawsuit against the Trump inaugural committee filed earlier this year

Venue: The Trump inaugural committee hired the Trump International Hotel D.C.'s facilities, paying an inflated amount for the ballroom and improperly throwing a private party for Ivanka, Don Jr. and Eric Trump, the D.C. attorney general alleges

Venue: The Trump inaugural committee hired the Trump International Hotel D.C.’s facilities, paying an inflated amount for the ballroom and improperly throwing a private party for Ivanka, Don Jr. and Eric Trump, the D.C. attorney general alleges

The lawsuit states the event’s planner, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff had raised concerns about pricing with Trump, Ivanka and Rick Gates, a top campaign official at the time. 

According to Tuesday’s filing, Ivanka was subpoenaed for discovery in October along with other members of Trump’s camp including First Lady Melania, Gates, and investor Thomas J. Barrack Jr.

Barrack Jr was deposed on November 17, while Ivanka sat for a deposition on Tuesday, the documents show.  Wolkhoff is due for deposition later this month.

The suit claims Wolkoff had also documented her warning in an email to Gates and Ivanka in December 2016.

‘Ms Wolkoff asked them to “please take into consideration that when this is audited it will become public knowledge that the locations were also gifted and costs underwritten to lower rental fees”,’ the suit states.

‘The PIC and the Trump Hotel ignored these warnings and went ahead with the improper payments at issue in this case.’

Inaugural night: Donald Trump celebrated the inauguration of his presidency with the First Lady Melania Trump at a series of events in Washington D.C. with his family playing prominent parts

Inaugural night: Donald Trump celebrated the inauguration of his presidency with the First Lady Melania Trump at a series of events in Washington D.C. with his family playing prominent parts

According to the lawsuit, Rick Gates, a top campaign official at the time, was also deposed in November

According to the lawsuit, Rick Gates, a top campaign official at the time, was also deposed in November

At the time of the lawsuit, Racine said the committee is required by law to use their funds for their stated public purpose, not personal benefit.   

‘In this case, we are seeking to recover the nonprofit funds that were improperly funneled directly to the Trump family business,’ he said in January. 

It was the latest allegation that Trump and his family have used public and nonprofit funds spent at Trump-owned properties to enrich themselves – part of the peril of Trump not fully withdrawing from his businesses while he is president. 

Trump has maintained ownership but turned the reins over to his adult sons, who have bristled at the charge that they are profiting off their father’s presidency.

The committee has maintained that its finances were independently audited, and that all money was spent in accordance with the law. 

Event planner Stephanie Winston Wolkoff had allegedly raised concerns about pricing with Trump, Ivanka and Rick Gates at the time, according to the suit

Event planner Stephanie Winston Wolkoff had allegedly raised concerns about pricing with Trump, Ivanka and Rick Gates at the time, according to the suit

The committee raised an unprecedented $107 million to host events celebrating Trump’s inauguration in January 2017. But the committee’s spending has drawn mounting scrutiny. 

Prosecutors found that Gates, a former Trump campaign aide who flipped on the president during the special counsel’s Russia investigation, personally managed discussions with the hotel about using the space, including ballrooms and meeting rooms. 

In one instance, Gates contacted Ivanka Trump and told her that he was ‘a bit worried about the optics’ of the committee paying such a high fee, Racine said.

Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, a former adviser to first lady Melania Trump who played a leading role organizing the inaugural parties, had also told Trump, when he was president-elect, and Ivanka Trump that she was uneasy with the offer, Racine said.

Winston Wolkoff later followed up with an email to Gates and Ivanka Trump warning that the hotel’s proposal was at least twice the market rate, Racine said.


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