Regarding the ongoing civil fraud lawsuit involving the former president of the United States, Ivanka Trump’s attempts to avoid testifying have been rejected by an appeals court. The former first daughter was ordered by Judge Arthur Engoron to testify in person in the $250 million fraud case; this is the court’s ruling.
Ivanka’s legal representatives petitioned the New York Court of Appeals for a delay, claiming that having her testify would result in “undue hardship.” The team highlighted that she lived in Florida and had three little children, and they said it would be difficult for her to testify during a school week.
Ivanka was able to present in court to testify, though, since the appeals court denied her request for a stay on Thursday night.
In response to Ivanka’s request for a stay of proceedings, New York Attorney General Letitia James—who brought the $250 million fraud case against the former president Trump—emphasized that she has direct knowledge that is significant to the upcoming trial. James contended that delaying Ivanka’s testimony any longer would make it more difficult to settle the case fairly and amicably.
James responded to Ivanka’s allegation of excessive hardship by saying, “Ms. Trump’s mere need to attend trial for a single day to testify truthfully is not itself a serious harm that warrants emergency relief.”
In the fraud case, Ivanka Trump was first included as a co-defendant alongside Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, and a number of Trump Organization personnel. But in June, the New York appeals court decided that the accusations against her were not covered by the state’s statute of limitations, and she was dropped as a co-defendant.
Judge Engoron required Ivanka to provide in-person testimony in the lawsuit on October 27, even though she had been dropped as a co-defendant. The appeals court’s most recent ruling supports the judge’s preference for direct testimony.
In response to the court’s ruling, the former president called Judge Engoron “unhinged” and denounced the fraud case as “fake.” He voiced his displeasure with the judge’s position even though the Court of Appeals had previously freed Ivanka from the lawsuit.
Ivanka Trump will now have to testify in her father’s civil fraud trial as the legal proceedings develop, which will add even more complexity to the already intricate and well-known case.