Here’s what happened…
According to Mary Trump, the estranged niece of Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump might testify against her father in his ongoing fraud trial. Ivanka is a witness in a civil fraud lawsuit brought by the New York Attorney General, Letitia James, which alleges that Donald Trump, along with his companies and his sons, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, fraudulently inflated asset values to secure favorable loans and insurance deals.
According to Newsweek, this week, both Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump are giving their testimonies, denying any involvement in falsifying business records and insurance fraud. The former president, who maintains his innocence in the case, is expected to take the stand on November 6.
Ivanka Trump, initially listed as a defendant, faced efforts by her lawyers to avoid testifying, but Judge Arthur Engoron ruled that she must appear and be questioned next week.
Mary Trump voiced her belief that Trump’s children may find themselves in a delicate position during their testimonies, having to balance avoiding perjury and appeasing their father’s ego while testifying. Mary Trump particularly mentioned Ivanka Trump, suggesting that she would tell the truth, even if it meant implicating her father.
Mary Trump, a frequent critic of her uncle, expressed her belief that Donald Trump would not hesitate to throw his daughter under the bus if needed because, in her words, “he doesn’t care about anybody.”
Ivanka Trump had previously held a key position as the executive vice president for development and acquisition at the Trump Organization. She joined the company in 2005 after completing business school and later served as an adviser to her father in the White House from 2017.
The prosecution has claimed that Ivanka Trump played a significant role as a point of contact and negotiator with Deutsche Bank in relation to three high-profile loans central to the case.
During his testimony, Donald Trump Jr. asserted that he was involved in various aspects of the family business but was not responsible for preparing financial statements. He mentioned that his role within the company expanded when his father assumed office in 2017.
Eric Trump, who oversaw luxury golf developments at the Trump Organization, denied any involvement in the valuation of Trump’s golf courses, which are central to the trial. He stated that his focus was on concrete pouring and property operations, not appraisals.
Donald Trump reacted strongly to the news of his children testifying, criticizing Judge Engoron and labeling the case a “witch hunt” and a “hoax.” In September, Judge Engoron issued a partial summary ruling that the defendants had engaged in fraud by inflating asset values to gain favorable terms from lenders and insurers, stating that the documents contained fraudulent valuations used in business dealings.