Though she may wish that some would forget, Ivanka Trump — a daughter of the former president — remains implicated in the $250 million lawsuit targeting the Trump family’s business practices that was brought by New York state Attorney General Letitia James.
James is seeking financial penalties in that amount in connection to totals that she has alleged boosted the Trump company through deceptive means, particularly misrepresented values for various company assets. Ivanka herself has clearly zeroed in upon the exposure she’s still facing in the James lawsuit, as she recently brought the whole thing back into public conversation again with a change in her legal representation.
And as reported by Insider, Ivanka’s personal legal team — which she replaced after sharing lawyers with her two adult brothers, Donald Jr. and Eric — recently sought to have a delay quickly imposed before the whole dispute heads to trial in October, at which point voting in the 2024 primaries, where Donald is running, will be quickly approaching.
Ivanka’s legal representation earlier claimed that James’s lawsuit “does not contain a single allegation that Ms. Trump directly or indirectly created, prepared, reviewed, or certified any of her father’s financial statements.” Ivanka is now represented by an attorney named Bennet Moskowitz, who replaced both lawyers that she shared with Don Jr. and Eric and a pair of lawyers unique to her. The request from Ivanka’s corner for a delay before trial seems to have come before she switched lawyers. At this stage, it seems discovery has ended. Discovery refers to the period before trial in which both sides can assemble potentially relevant evidence in the form of documentary materials and depositions.
In general, Ivanka has also been keeping her distance from Donald’s political operation as he makes another run for president, which it’s difficult to see as separate from potentially serious concerns about a conflict of interest because of the billions of dollars in support provided from Saudi Arabian sources to an investment business started by her husband, Jared Kushner.