Ivanka Trump, the former US first daughter, is one of the Trump family members prosecutors intend to summon in the fraud trial, which is due to begin next week Monday in New York.
She is one of three Trump children named as witnesses in the lawsuit, according to Mail Online, after Judge Arthur Engoron gave a surprise judgement claiming Trump and his organization committed fraud over a period of years.
Following Engoron’s summary judgement finding, New York State Attorney General Letitia James has sued Trump and his firm for $250 million in damages in a trial in which the penalty phase begins next week.
Prosecutors also intend to bring former Trump fixer Michael Cohen, who testified to Congress in 2019 and accused Trump of inflating asset valuations when communicating with lenders and then lowering them in tax filings. These claimed tactics lie at the center of Engoron’s fraud decision.
He said Trump goosed his net worth by as much as $2 billion.
Former Trump Organization executive Allen Weisselberg, who pled guilty to tax fraud last year, is also expected to be called.In exchange for his testimony, he will serve five months in prison under a plea agreement.
Trump’s defense team plans to call 128 witnesses, NBC reported.
Trump Organization exec Eric Trump shared a series of tweets hitting back at the ruling, which also hits at any entity controlled or beneficially owned by his father, him, and Donald Trump Jr
‘As absurd as this case is, Judge Engoron knows that I have done absolutely nothing wrong. Any impartial judge looking at the facts, and extensive testimony, would have never allowed my name to be dragged through the mud. Frankly, it’s cruel,’ he posted on X, the former Twitter site Wednesday.
That came after a Tuesday post, where he wrote: ‘While everyone can see that this case is egregious, the only thing worse than weaponizing the legal system against a political opponent is unfairly going after their family. Both the Attorney General and the Judge know I had absolutely NOTHING to do with this case.’