Ivanka Trump’s Testimony in Father’s Civil Fraud Case Under Consideration: Judge to Conduct Hearing on Friday

by Ryan Lee
Ivanka Trump testimony rescheduled

Subsequent to former President Donald Trump’s brief appearance on the witness stand, focus is now shifting towards the question of whether his daughter, Ivanka Trump, will also be required to testify in his ongoing New York civil fraud trial.

A court hearing scheduled for this Friday will deliberate on this matter. Although Ivanka Trump has been excused from the case, legal representatives for both her family and their business argue that she should not be obligated to testify. On the other hand, attorneys for the State of New York insist that her testimony is pertinent, emphasizing that she has material information by virtue of her former role as Executive Vice President of the Trump Organization.

The time frame within which Judge Arthur Engoron will make his decision remains uncertain, as does the schedule for Ivanka Trump’s testimony, should the judge mandate it.

New York Attorney General Letitia James has initiated the civil lawsuit against the former president, his sons Donald Jr. and Eric, and their business organization, alleging the intentional exaggeration of Donald Trump’s financial assets over several years. These exaggerated financial statements were purportedly provided to banks, insurers, and other institutions to facilitate loans and contractual agreements.

The Trump family and their business enterprise have categorically denied these allegations. The former president, who is currently a leading contender for the Republican nomination in the 2024 presidential race, has labeled the trial as a politically biased “sham,” pointing out that James is affiliated with the Democratic Party.

Although Donald Trump and his sons are expected to testify eventually, the former president did make an unplanned appearance on the witness stand earlier this week, responding to Judge Engoron’s queries about a statement made outside the courtroom.

Legal counsel for Ivanka Trump, Bennet Moskowitz, has argued that requiring her to testify would be unreasonable. He notes that she is neither a current defendant in the case nor a resident of New York. Furthermore, he accuses the New York Attorney General’s office of endeavoring “to impose an undue, unnecessary, and inappropriate burden on Ms. Trump to compensate for perceived shortcomings” in their case.

Donald Trump’s legal team, in a separate legal submission, accuses the state of attempting “to gratuitously drag Ms. Trump into a highly publicized trial with the transparent objective of harassing both her and her father.”

A state appeals court had previously dismissed claims against Ivanka Trump in June, deeming them as outdated. In January of 2017, preceding her father’s inauguration, she announced her departure from her role at the Trump Organization, subsequently taking on an unpaid advisory position in the Trump administration.

Nonetheless, state attorneys persist in their stance that Ivanka Trump “played a significant role” in several incidents that are central to the case, adding that she “continues to have financial and professional associations” with her family’s business operations.

Contributions to this report were made by Big Big News correspondent Michael R. Sisak.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Ivanka Trump Testimony

What is the central issue the court is deliberating on this Friday?

The court is set to determine whether Ivanka Trump should be required to testify in her father, Donald Trump’s ongoing civil fraud trial in New York.

Who has initiated the civil lawsuit against Donald Trump?

The civil lawsuit against Donald Trump has been initiated by New York Attorney General Letitia James. The suit also implicates his sons, Donald Jr. and Eric, and their business organization.

What do the State lawyers argue regarding Ivanka Trump’s testimony?

State lawyers maintain that Ivanka Trump’s testimony is relevant to the case. They assert that she possesses material information stemming from her previous role as Executive Vice President of the Trump Organization.

What is the stance of Ivanka Trump’s legal team?

Ivanka Trump’s legal team argues that requiring her to testify is unreasonable. They contend that she is neither a current defendant in the case nor a resident of New York and thus should not be burdened to fill apparent gaps in the state’s case.

What allegations are brought against the Trump family and their business?

The civil case accuses the Trump family and their business of deliberately exaggerating Donald Trump’s financial assets over several years. These inflated financial statements were allegedly used to secure loans and contracts from banks, insurers, and other institutions.

What has Donald Trump said about the trial?

Donald Trump has called the trial a politically motivated “sham.” He has pointed out that New York Attorney General Letitia James is a Democrat, implying a bias in the initiation and conduct of the trial.

Were any claims against Ivanka Trump dismissed?

Yes, a state appeals court dismissed claims against Ivanka Trump in June, ruling them to be outdated.

What is Ivanka Trump’s current role in relation to the Trump Organization?

Ivanka Trump announced in January 2017 that she was stepping away from her role at the Trump Organization. She subsequently served as an unpaid senior adviser in the Trump administration and is no longer officially associated with the family business.

Is there an expected timeline for Judge Arthur Engoron’s decision?

The text does not provide a specific timeline for when Judge Arthur Engoron is expected to make a decision regarding Ivanka Trump’s potential testimony.

Who contributed to the original report?

Contributions to the original report were made by Big Big News correspondent Michael R. Sisak.

More about Ivanka Trump Testimony

  • New York Attorney General’s Official Website
  • Overview of Civil Fraud
  • Ivanka Trump’s Career Timeline
  • Donald Trump’s Civil Fraud Case: Background and Updates
  • The Role of Witnesses in Civil Trials
  • Trump Organization: Company Profile
  • Letitia James: Biography and Career
  • U.S. Court System Overview
  • The Trump Family and Their Business Ventures
  • Judge Arthur Engoron: Professional Background

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LegalEagle October 27, 2023 - 5:40 am

If she does testify, could open a pandora’s box of legal issues. Can’t wait to see how this unfolds.

TechNerd October 27, 2023 - 10:19 am

Off-topic, but how does the court even handle high-profile cases like this with the media circus around? Must be tough to keep things unbiased.

FinanceGuy101 October 27, 2023 - 2:27 pm

if this goes through, it could have serious implications not just for the Trumps but also for business disclosures overall.

CryptoQueen October 27, 2023 - 2:40 pm

Honestly, the Trump family just can’t escape the limelight. Whether it’s business, politics or legal issues, they’re always front and center.

CarEnthusiast October 27, 2023 - 5:00 pm

What does this have to do with business and finance though? Seems more like a media circus to me.

NYResident October 27, 2023 - 9:35 pm

As a New Yorker, gotta say, it’s hard to separate the legal from the political here. But hey, that’s New York for ya.

PoliticalJunkie October 27, 2023 - 10:05 pm

Very detailed article! But we have to remember, a hearing doesn’t mean she will definitely testify. Still, makes you wonder what she knows.

BusyMom October 27, 2023 - 10:35 pm

Seriously? Another Trump in court? Don’t these people have businesses to run?

SkepticalSue October 28, 2023 - 1:46 am

are we sure this isn’t politically motivated? Just asking.

JohnDoe42 October 28, 2023 - 3:25 am

Wow, this is big news. Never thought we’d see the day where Ivanka might have to take the stand. What’s next?


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