- Ivanka Trump has described two New York investigations into a series of Trump Organisation consulting-fee write-offs, including some apparently paid to her, as a form of “harassment.”
- She was referring to a New York Times article that also said that the two investigating officials – the New York state and city state attorneys – had subpoenaed the Trump Organisation for more information.
- Trump tweeted on Thursday: “This ‘inquiry’ by NYC democrats is 100% motivated by politics, publicity and rage … These politicians are simply ruthless.”
- Her father, President Donald Trump, has long alleged that the prosecutors and lawmakers seeking information on his financial affairs were motivated by political malice.
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Ivanka Trump, the elder daughter of President Donald Trump and White House senior advisor, has described two fraud investigations into the Trump Organisation’s finances as “harassment.”
The New York Times reported on Thursday that two ongoing fraud investigations by New York city and state attorneys had expanded to including consulting-fee write-offs, some of which appeared to be to Ivanka Trump.
“This is harassment pure and simple,” Trump tweeted on Thursday, linking to the Times report.
“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.”
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
According to The Times, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. and New York State Attorney General Letitia James are separately investigating whether Donald Trump manipulated company finances to avoid tax.
The Times reported that between 2010 and 2018, Trump had reduced his taxable income by $US26 million by writing off consultancy fees as business expenses.
However, according to the report, some of the consultancy fees were paid to Ivanka Trump, who served as an executive at the Trump Organisation before her father appointed her to be a senior White House advisor.
According to The Times, both Vance and James have issued subpoenas as part of their investigations into the money paid to Ivanka Trump.
There is no suggestion that Ivanka Trump is herself the focus of the probe.
The investigations are one the many legal challenges President Donald Trump is expected to face whe he leaves office in January.
The president has previously rejected congressional subpoenas for his tax records, alleging that the requests were politically motivated and not grounded in evidence.
Ivanka Trump’s tweet echoes the defence her father has often used.
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