Ivanka Trump deposed by DC legal professional common in inauguration investigation

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Ivanka Trump deposed by DC attorney general in inauguration investigation

The investigation examines the spending of the Trump opening committee.

December 3, 2020, 3:38 am

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Ivanka Trump’s deposit was disclosed in a file released Wednesday by DC Attorney General Karl Racine. She is on a list of other people who have advocated a filing with the Attorney General, including Trump’s longtime friend and inauguration chairman, Tom Barrack.

“Ms. Trump’s only involvement was to tie the parties together and instruct the hotel to charge a” fair market price “as the hotel did,” Alan Garten, an attorney for the Trump organization, told ABC News in an Declaration on Wednesday evening. The Trump Organization owns the hotel in Washington, DC.

According to the files, the DC Attorney General’s investigation began in part after Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, a one-time advisor to Melania Trump who worked on the housewarmings and wrote a book, “Melania and Me,” about her relationship with the First Lady earlier this year.

“I work with three different prosecutors and it has taken over my life,” Winston Wolkoff told ABC News in a September interview, citing the US Attorney General in the southern borough of New York and the local attorney general in New Jersey and Washington, DC

The Inaugural Committee, a private tax-exempt organization, raised nearly $ 107 million in donations and spent $ 104 million on the event, most for an inauguration – twice as much as President Barack Obama’s first. The unspent money – about $ 3 million total – was reportedly donated to charity.

As Winston Wolkoff recalled, she was blind when, more than a year after inauguration, the New York Times reported that Trump’s inaugural committee had paid her event planning firm more than $ 26 million, which made headlines around the world, suggesting that she had put everything in her pocket or a lot of that money.

These unfair claims made her the “cover girl for the initiating shenanigans,” she wrote in her book.

Winston Wolkoff declined to provide ABC News materials, including documents, in support of the claims made in her book or interview.

Without responding to Winston Wolkoff’s specific allegations, Trump’s inaugural committee told ABC News in a September statement that it “disagrees with (your) description of this historic event,” adding that it “will refuse to stand up.” their efforts to get into the sale of books “. A White House spokesman also accused Winston Wolkoff of trying “to profit from lies and misrepresentations intended to harm the First Family.”

A source close to the Trump organization said it was looking forward to accepting Winston Wolkoff’s deposit in response to the DC investigation.

Winston Wolkoff did not respond to a request for comment from ABC News on Wednesday night.

The DC investigation is not a federal investigation but is directed by the local attorney general and would not be covered by a presidential pardon if charged. CNN first reported on Ivanka Trump’s filing.

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