December 5, 2023

Ivanka Trump is expected to provide testimony in her father’s fraud trial on Wednesday.

New York Attorney General James is suing former President Donald Trump for $250 million, accusing him of inflating his net worth by billions of dollars to obtain benefits such as better bank loans and reduced tax bills between 2011 and 2021. Trump maintains his innocence in the case, accusing prosecutors of targeting him for political purposes. The lawsuit is civil, not criminal, meaning he will not face jail time.

James compelled testimony from Trump’s three eldest children in the business fraud lawsuit. Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump are listed as defendants in the civil suit and testified last week. The former president provided testimony on Monday.

Ivanka Trump, who left the Trump Organization in 2017 for a role in the White House, will testify on Wednesday. Unlike her brothers, she is not a defendant in the civil suit and was dropped from it earlier this year due to a statute of limitations.

Ivanka Trump's role at Trump Organization
Ivanka Trump attends a Department of Justice event in Washington, D.C., on August 4, 2020. Trump is set to testify in the Trump Organization’s business fraud trial on November 8, 2023.
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She previously served as the executive vice president for development and acquisitions at the Trump Organization. James’ office has argued that while she is not a defendant, she still played a key role in negotiating and financing Trump Organization properties.

She served as a “primary contact” for Deutsche Bank, the company’s largest lender, for three loans that are at the center of the case, according to the attorney general’s office.

Newsweek reached out to Ivanka Trump‘s attorney for comment via email.

The projects Ivanka Trump worked on at the Trump Organization included securing a lease and loan for a Washington hotel, loans for Trump’s Doral golf resort in South Florida, and a Trump-owned hotel and condo skyscraper in Chicago, the Associated Press reported.

Federal prosecutors have argued her finances remained intertwined with the Trump Organization even after her 2017 departure.

“She does not seem to be averse to her involvement in the family business when it comes to owning and collecting proceeds from the OPO sale, the Trump Organization purchasing insurance for her and her companies, managing her household staff and credit card bills, renting her apartment or even paying her legal fees in this action,” James wrote in a court filing last month.

She reported $2.6 million in income from Trump entities in 2021 federal disclosures, the AP reported.

Ivanka Trump tried, but failed, to fight a subpoena compelling her testimony in the business fraud trial, arguing that her testimony would cause “undue hardship” if it were to be held during a school week. A New York court rejected her request.

She is expected to be the last member of the Trump family to testify and will follow the testimony of her father. The former president’s behavior during the trial drew a rebuke from Judge Arthur Engoron, who ordered his attorneys to “control him” following a series of tangents.