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Ivanka Trump Subpoenaed in Father’s Fraud Case: Legal Battle Unfolds Over Testimony


Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks as his daughter and former senior adviser Ivanka Trump looks on March 20, 2020, in Washington, D.C. Ivanka Trump has been called by the state of New York to testify against her father, brothers and the Trump Organization as part of an ongoing civil fraud trial. ALEX WONG/GETTY IMAGES

Ivanka Trump is in a court battle to not testify in the New York State fraud case against her father, former President Donald Trump, and the Trump Organisation. She was subpoenaed in this fraud case against her father and her brothers. Her attorney filed a lengthy opposition to her subpoena on the eve of a Friday deadline, by which she would have to consent to take the stand as early as later this month. The opposition refers to the New York Attorney General’s Office demand as being excessively broad in court documents submitted late Thursday. The AG’s office is accused of mishandling Ivanka Trump’s subpoena, claiming that a technological error should render her testimony unenforceable.

According to her attorney, Bennet J. Moskowitz, copies of the subpoena were sent to three corporate addresses but not to her home address. “Each of these three subpoenas listed Ms. Trump’s name only in the ‘to’ line above the LLCs’ names and the names and addresses of their registered agents,” Moskowitz stated. “The body of the Subpoenas requested a ‘personal appearance … to give testimony’ at trial but did not identify any specific employee, officer, or director that the NYAG wanted to appear,” Moskowitz claims in the legal documents filed.

This New York State suit accuses her family and their business of widespread fraud amounting to up to 250 million USD. The same day Ivanka’s lawyers submitted the counter-suit, the office of New York Attorney General Letitia James said on Thursday that the Trump Organization had neglected to provide evidence in the $250 million fraud trial of Donald Trump and his firm, citing a recent report alleging a crucial witness of lying under oath.

The attorney general’s action alleges Trump, his sons Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, the Trump Organization, and high-ranking executives of lying about the true worth of their properties to receive tax benefits and better conditions on loans and insurance. James requests that the court award $250 million in damages and permanently prohibit Trump and his two grown sons from holding executive positions in any New York-based company. Trump, who has attended five days of the trial, and his co-defendants have denied wrongdoing.

If Ms. Trump is required to testify, she will be asked by the prosecution about this fraud. Most likely, she will have to reveal company secrets. Her successful summons would also possibly open up any of the Trump family for a subpoena to testify in any of Mr. Trump’s ongoing trials. Numerous investigations have been launched by federal and state prosecutors across the country against Mr. Trump, who, along with this suit in New York, has been indicted in Georgia, Florida, Manhattan, and Washington. This NY lawsuit has been dragging on for four years and has only gained significant traction in 2023.

The AG sued Mr. Trump, his adult sons, and their business, claiming they had falsely inflated the former president’s net worth by billions of dollars. The lawsuits culminated in the trial. The Democratic, Ms. James, is suing Mr. Trump for $250 million. She has already convinced the presiding court to deny Mr. Trump ownership of his New York real estate, which is a significant blow to the family business. However, the New York trial only requests monetary compensation and denies the Trump family any further political hold in their home state of New York. The criminal cases could see Mr. Trump behind bars for years.

The most severe charges against the former president were made in the Georgia case, which was filed on August 14. He was accused of planning a “criminal enterprise” to sway Georgia’s election results in 2020 and undermine the electorate’s will. He was charged with racketeering with eighteen of his attorneys, advisors, and supporters. Two of his lawyers, Sidney Powell and Jenna Ellis, pleaded guilty this past week. Fani T. Willis, the district attorney for Fulton County, filed the case. This was Mr. Trump’s fourth and maybe last indictment.

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