Ivanka Testifies in Trump Org. Civil Trial

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    The Facts

    • Former Pres. Donald Trump’s eldest daughter, Ivanka Trump, on Wednesday testified in the New York civil fraud trial against the Trump Organization. Ivanka’s testimony followed her father and brothers, Eric and Donald Jr., previously taking the stand.

    • New York Attorney General Letitia James has accused Trump and his family business of misrepresenting the values of assets to receive favorable loans and insurance.

    The Spin

    Pro-Trump narrative

    This political witch hunt seemingly knows no bounds, as Letitia James clearly called Ivanka Trump to testify in order to drum up drama and gain more media attention for this trial. Ivanka hasn’t worked for her father’s business for years, and the questions all dealt with deals from more than a decade ago — no wonder she couldn’t recall them. Needlessly putting Ivanka on the stand should hurt James’ case.

    Anti-Trump narrative

    Ivanka was a great witness for the state, as she all but confirmed that several of Trump’s lucrative business deals were highly dependent on the financial positions the judge has already ruled were fraudulent. Ivanka may have kept her cool — in contrast to her father and brothers — on the stand, but she calmly may have cost her family’s business a great deal.

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