Senior adviser to the President, Ivanka Trump slammed the ongoing New York’s probes into her father President Trump, and Trump Organization business dealing after receiving new subpoenas Thursday, calling the investigations stemming from “ruthless” Democrats as pure “harassment” who are “100% motivated by politics, publicity and rage.”
“This is harassment pure and simple. This ‘inquiry’ by NYC Democrats is 100% motivated by politics, publicity, and rage,” Ivanka tweeted Thursday evening. “They know very well that there’s nothing here and that there was no tax benefit whatsoever. These politicians are simply ruthless.”
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.https://t.co/4dQoDzQlRX— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) November 20, 2020
In a second tweet, Ivanka said the investigations were part of a “continued political vendetta” linking a New York Times report about New York Attorney General Letitia James’ personal feelings toward President Trump and her efforts to sue the Trump Foundation.
This fishing expedition is very clearly part of a continued political vendetta ⤵️https://t.co/Gw0IKOWdeQ— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) November 20, 2020
On Thursday, New York’s Attorney General sent a subpoena to the Trump Organization for records related to consulting fees paid to Ivanka as part of an investigation into the president’s business dealings. A similar subpoena, according to The NY Times was also sent to President Trump’s company by Manhattan District Attorney who is working with the state conducting a parallel probe.
Trump deducted about $26 million in fees to unnamed consultants between 2010 and 2018, and some of those fees paired exactly with $747,622 Ivanka Trump reported receiving from a consulting company of which she was a partial owner, according to The Times.
The NY Times also reports that Ivanka does not appear to be at the center of either the city or state investigations.
General counsel for the Trump Organization, Alan Garten in a statement called the reported expansion of New York’s investigations “is just the latest fishing expedition in an ongoing attempt to harass the company.”
“Everything was done in strict compliance with applicable law and under the advice of counsel and tax experts,” Garten said. “All applicable taxes were paid and no party received any undue benefit.”
The president has been under investigation into his finances since 2019 by two independent inquiries. One, led by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., who initially focused on the Trump Organization’s part in paying off an irrelevant pornstar Stormy Daniels to keep quiet about an alleged affair with Trump during the 2016 campaign. The second, a civil probe led by New York Attorney General Letitia James, was sparked after the president’s former unhinged lawyer Michael Cohen testified under Congress that Trump drastically exaggerated his wealth to secure loans.
In December 2018, James vowed to launch a widespread probe into the president and members of his family, threatening to use “every area of the law to investigate President Trump and his business transactions and that of his family as well.”
It is not known whether any of these baseless investigation has or can gather sufficient evidence to charge Trump or his family with any crimes as none of the alleged basis were conducted during his years he was president or if write-off justifies civil penalties as the IRS hasn’t in the past pursued one unless consulting fee write-offs were found to dodge the tax liability.
Prosecuting a former president would be an unprecedented step. It remains unknown if Trump leaves offices the Democrats, especially in New York will go further after their mounting inquiries and try to pursue criminal proceeding, adding fuel to the fire by dividing the nation already split.