Ivanka Trump provided testimony in the case against her father, former President Donald Trump, regarding civil fraud

Ivanka Trump's testimony before a New York judge on Wednesday offered insight into the legal strategy that the legal team of former President Donald Trump could employ in his defense.

Jesus Suarez, one of Trump's lawyers, conducted her cross-examination, making her the only member of the Trump family to be questioned by the defense.

Suarez asked Ivanka Trump if she personally bore responsibility for the filing, preparation, verification, or approval of financial statements. She answered "no" to all the questions.

However, Suarez also asked her about the relationships that Trump Organization leaders might have had with members of Deutsche Bank, one of the financial institutions that received financial reports from Trump Organization that had already been deemed fraudulent.

"They were very satisfied," she said about the bank's reaction to completed projects.

She also stated that, in their opinion, the Old Post Office in Washington, D.C., which was briefly named the Trump International Hotel, was a "jewel" in their investment portfolio.

The defense's line of questioning sought to establish the fact that no financial institution or anyone else was harmed by Trump Organization's transactions, implying that Trump's actions not only did no harm but also benefited the banks.

The former president often claimed that he had done nothing wrong, adding that banks and the buyers he dealt with were satisfied with the negotiations and final results. He argued that it was not a crime since there was no victim. However, under New York laws, business fraud is prohibited, even if no one is harmed.

Ivanka Trump, the eldest daughter of the former president, is not a defendant in this case. She was called as a witness to answer questions about fraudulent financial documents submitted by Trump Organization.

"She was clearly involved in negotiations and obtaining loans, beneficial loans, on behalf of the Trump Organization, for Mr. Trump, for her brothers, and for herself," said Letitia James, the state attorney general, outside the courtroom. "Ultimately, this case is about falsified financial statements from which she benefited."

Ivanka Trump is expected to be the last witness called by the state attorney general's legal team in the civil fraud case, which will determine the penalties faced by other members of the Trump family.

She served as the Executive Vice President of Development and Acquisitions at Trump Organization. During the questioning under the guidance of lawyer Louis Solomon, Ivanka Trump was asked if she knew about her father's statements regarding financial conditions.

"Not that I'm aware of," she said.

The state attorney general's team also asked Trump about her involvement in the purchase of Trump National Doral in Miami. The lawsuit alleges that inflated statements by Donald Trump were used to secure a $125 million loan from Deutsche Bank and were regularly provided to the bank to meet Donald Trump's financial reporting requirements as a guarantor on the loan.

Ivanka Trump, the daughter of former President Donald Trump, appeared in New York Supreme Court on Wednesday in a civil fraud case. Spencer Platt/Getty Images She indicated that she did not recall if the bank requested statements or if she offered them.

James accused the former president of participating in a scheme that involved inflating or deflating the value of assets to secure more favorable business, insurance, and banking deals from 2011 to 2021. Donald Trump's two elder sons, Donald Jr. and Eric, are also defendants in the lawsuit. Judge Arthur Engoron has already ruled that Trump is liable for fraud.

The judge stated that Trump is liable for fraud in a civil lawsuit in New York. LAW The judge stated that Trump is liable for fraud in a civil lawsuit in New York. A few months ago, Ivanka Trump's attorney successfully argued that any actions related to this case that she took at Trump Organization occurred before the statute of limitations came into effect.

Outside the courtroom, James claimed that Ivanka Trump personally benefited from the inflated financial statements, even after she left Trump Organization.

It is expected that Donald Trump's legal team will begin their defense next week and plan to conclude it by mid-December.

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