Ivanka Trump Deposed in Inauguration Spending Investigation That She Slams as ‘Vindictive’

Ivanka Trump sat for a deposition on Tuesday with prosecutors who’re investigating the Trump administration’s unprecedented spending on his 2017 inauguration — and she quickly attacked the “politically motivated” investigation on Twitter.

The Washington, D.C., attorney normal’s office alleges that President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee made efforts to “grossly overpay” to lease out the area for his 2017 inauguration celebrations.

The New York Times reported in 2017 that Trump had raised more than $107 million for its occasions, doubling every other spending by earlier president’s inaugural committees.

D.C. prosecutors filed a lawsuit in January alleging the president’s inauguration committee unnecessarily made greater than $1 million in funds from the nonprofit committed to the Trump Lodge in Washington, D.C., the place celebrations had been held, “abusing nonprofit funds to complement the Trump household.”

Courtroom filings submitted by D.C. prosecutors, first reported by CNN, present that D.C. attorneys started to subpoena documents from Ivanka, the president’s oldest daughter, and a White Home senior adviser, as well as First Woman Melania Trump and the chairman of the inauguration committee, Thomas Barrack Jr., in early October.

Prosecutors deposed Barrack in mid-November and sat down with Ivanka, 39, on Tuesday.

They also plan to carry a deposition with the primary girl’s ex-friend and White Home adviser Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, who not too long ago launched a scathing memoir about her longtime friendship with Mrs. Trump, as well as secret audiotapes of her non-public conversations with the primary girl.

A key part of Wolkoff’s guide considerations what she describes as ongoing mysteries across the inaugural spending — and the way, in her phrases, the White Home ousted her in such a solution to make her appear partly responsible. (She says she stored solely a regular price.)

In accordance with the court docket submitting, Wolkoff had warned Ivanka and the previous inaugural committee deputy chairman, Rick Gates, that the committee’s funds to the Trump Lodge were inappropriately high.

However, “the [committee] and the Trump Lodge ignored these warnings and went forward with the improper funds,” Karl Racine, the Washington, D.C., attorney normal alleges within the court filing.

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“Ms. Trump’s only involvement was connecting the events and instructing the resort to cost a ‘truthful market fee,’ which the resort did,” Alan Garten, the Trump Group’s chief authorized officer, told The Associated Press in a statement. (Garten didn’t reply to PEOPLE’s request for remark; a spokeswoman for Ivanka referred remark to Garten.)

On Wednesday morning, Ivanka tweeted what she mentioned was a screenshot of an email alternate exhibiting directions for the Trump resort to cost a “truthful market fee.”

She suggested prosecutors had been targeting the Trumps due to politics and that the investigation, and her five-hour deposition, was born out of “vindictiveness” and were a “waste of taxpayer {dollars}.”

Wolkoff, a socialite and famous New York City occasion planner, became pals with the first girl after they met in 2003. After serving to arrange the inauguration occasions, Wolkoff joined the first girl in an advisory role on the White Home. However, she abruptly left the place in early 2018 amid stories about the high spending, together with a Times report that Wolkoff’s agency was paid about $26 million from the president’s inauguration committee.

“Was I fired? No,” she told the Times final yr. “Did I personally receive $26 million or $1.6 million? No. Was I thrown underneath the bus? Sure.”

Wolkoff has mentioned she disbursed the vast majority of that $26 million to subcontractors by means of her agency and was personally paid a $480,000 price.

She is going to sit with investigators for her personal deposition subsequent week, based on the filing.

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