Ivanka Trump questioned in groundbreaking fund trial | American News

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Ivanka Trump was questioned this week under oath as part of the Washington DC Attorney General’s investigation into the alleged misuse of nonprofit funds for her father Donald Trump’s inauguration four years ago.

The office of the District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine revealed in a court file that the president’s eldest daughter and a senior White House adviser were questioned on Tuesday by attorneys from the Washington DC attorney general’s office.

In a January 2020 lawsuit, Mr. Racine claimed that the real estate business of Mr. Trump and other entities had abused non-profit funds to enrich the Trump family.

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Ivanka Trump with husband Jared Kushner and Melania Trump in her father’s inaugural 2017 fashion show

The office has lodged a non-profit waste of funds complaint and accuses the 58th Inaugural Presidential Committee of making more than $ 1million (£ 750,000) in irregular payments to the Asset International hotel in Washington during opening week in 2017.

It is alleged that in one case more than $ 300,000 (£ 224,000) was paid to host a private reception at the hotel for the president’s three eldest children – Donald Jr, Ivanka and Eric – on the opening night on January 20, 2017.

Lawyers have assigned cases to Ms Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, Thomas Barrack Jr, the chairman of the inaugural committee who was also questioned last month, and others.

“District law obliges nonprofits to use their funds for stated public purposes and not to benefit individuals or businesses,” Racine said earlier this year.

His lawsuit seeks to recover the million dollars that would have gone directly to the Trump family business.

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Ivanka Trump works as her father’s advisor

Mr Racine also accuses the committee of abusing nonprofit funds and coordinating with hotel management and members of the Trump family to organize the events.

The committee has been under continuous scrutiny of its spending, especially when it has raised an unprecedented $ 107million (£ 80million) to host events celebrating Mr. Trump in January 2017.

Alan Garten, of the Trump organization, said in a statement: “Ms. Trump’s only involvement has been to match the parties and ask the hotel to charge a ‘fair market rate’, which the hotel did. ”

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