Ivanka Trump blasts ‘politically motivated’ and ‘vindictive’ lawsuit alleging misuse of inauguration funds

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Ivanka Trump railed against what she says is a “politically motivated” lawsuit alleging she was involved in a conspiracy to misuse inaugural funds four years ago in payments to the Trump Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Trump, who is the oldest daughter of President Donald Trump and a senior adviser to him, announced on social media that she was deposed for several hours in Washington, D.C., as part of a probe into the use of inaugural funds, which she further characterized as “vindictiveness” and a “waste fo taxpayer dollars.”

“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 the inauguration,” she said in a statement posted on Twitter and other social media. “I shared with them an email from 4 years ago where I sent instructions to the hotel to charge a ‘fair market rate.’

“This ‘inquiry’ is another politically motivated demonstration of vindictiveness & waste of taxpayer dollars,” she continued in a tweet containing a screenshot of an email to hotel management substantiating her claim.

The email is dated Dec. 14, 2016, in which she instructs Michael Damelincourt, who is the managing director of the Trump International Hotel in D.C., to “call and negotiate. It should be a fair market rate.”

Ivanka Trump’s testimony to investigators is related to a lawsuit alleging the Trump campaign misspent inaugural funds. The suit was filed by the D.C. attorney general in January against the Trump Organization and the Presidential Inauguration Committee (PIC).

The suit alleges that both entities misused more than $1 million raised by the PIC by “grossly overpaying” for the use of event space at the D.C. hotel for the 2017 inauguration, The Hill reported.

Ivanka Trump’s public response and criticism are rare for members of the president’s family when it comes to investigations related to the properties they own and their finances. President Trump himself, however, has been known to make public comments regarding such probes.

Last month, though, the president’s daughter ripped Democratic politicians’ “harassment” of her family via endless investigations into various aspects of their finances.

“This is harassment pure and simple. This ‘inquiry’ by NYC democrats is 100% motivated by politics, publicity and rage. They know very well that there’s nothing here and that there was no tax benefit whatsoever. These politicians are simply ruthless,” she tweeted in response to a New York Times report claiming that the president’s tax write-offs in recent years are now the subject of criminal and civil investigations.

The criminal probe was reportedly launched by the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., a Democrat and son of the late Cyrus Vance, who was secretary of state under President Jimmy Carter. The civil investigation is being handled by New York Attorney General Letitia James, the Times reported.

“This fishing expedition is very clearly part of a continued political vendetta,” she wrote in a follow-up tweet that linked to a 2018 article from the Times reporting that then-incoming AG James planned to “target” the Trump family.

The Times said that the probes are linked to tax write-offs of millions in consulting fees, “some of which appear to have gone to Ivanka Trump.”

Jon Dougherty

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