Ivanka and Jared get sporty as they stroll in Florida days after a court ruled she had to testify
Former first daughter Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner appeared carefree to the world on Saturday as they walked their dog in Miami, just days after a New York appeals court ruled Ivanka should testify in the investigation of his father’s fraud.
Ivanka was seen wearing pink tie-dye shorts and a white t-shirt, with a white hat, pink sneakers and teal socks as she walked her dog, Winter, with Jared walking and sweating at side of her.
He donned a bluish gray t-shirt for the walk, with black shorts, black socks and gray trainers, also with a white cap and sunglasses – and was apparently working out as he had a sweat stain on his back. middle of his shirt.
They both appeared to be smiling and laughing as they strolled through South Beach on Saturday – despite a New York appeals court ruling on Thursday that Ivanka and her brother Donald Jr. must testify in the fraud investigation of their father Donald Trump.
The former president and his children had fought subpoenas from the office of New York State Attorney General Letitia James, demanding depositions amid accusations that the Trump Organization had engaged in tactics financial fraud.
But New York State Trial Court Appellate Division judges upheld a Feb. 17 ruling by state Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron that they must testify.
Former first daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner looked sporty as they took their dog, Winter, on a walk through Miami on Saturday
At one point, Jared could be seen touching Ivanka’s back as they walked, Jared’s sweat leaving marks on his shirt.
The couple’s dog, Winter, was seen panting as she strolled alongside them in South Beach on Saturday
Ivanka had been trying to fight the subpoena from Attorney General Letitia James’ office since it was issued last year
The couple appeared to be smiling and laughing despite a New York appeals court judge’s ruling on Thursday that Ivanka must testify in the state’s fraud investigation into her father’s organization.
Ivanka and her brother were first subpoenaed by James’ office as part of the investigation into their father’s fraud trial last year, with prosecutors claiming the Trump Organization knowingly misrepresented information financial institutions to obtain favorable loans and other agreements for more than a decade.
The siblings quickly challenged the order in court, saying any information his team obtained could be unfairly used in a separate but parallel criminal investigation by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.
But on Thursday, Engoron ruled “the existence of a criminal investigation does not preclude civil discovery of related facts, during which a party may exercise the privilege not to incriminate themselves.”
Such a move means James could bring a civil suit against Trump using the deposition if evidence of wrongdoing is found. She could not file a criminal complaint due to the nature of her investigation.
“Once again, the courts have ruled that Donald Trump must comply with our lawful investigation into his financial dealings,” James said in a statement following the ruling.
“We will continue to follow the facts of this case and ensure that no one can escape the law.”
She claimed earlier in the year to have uncovered significant evidence that Trump’s company was inflating the value of their properties to look better to the banks, then lowering them to reduce tax bills, and tweeted on Thursday: ‘Our investigation will continue. undeterred because no one is above the law.’
New York Attorney General Letitia James has been investigating the Trump Organization since 2019. She subpoenaed Donald Trump and his two elders late last year.
The criminal investigation, which began under former district attorney Cyrus Vance, has meanwhile petered out in recent months after being taken over by new DA Alvin Bragg.
Bragg said in a statement last month that the investigation was still ongoing, but offered little to no details on its progress. A grand jury assembled for the inquest expired at the end of April without any public attempt to extend it.
Trump has repeatedly dismissed both investigations as “witch hunts” and disparaged James herself as “racist” in recent statements about her investigation.
But in February, Engoron said the Trump trio’s argument that testifying in James’s investigation would violate his right against self-incrimination in the criminal investigation was completely off the mark.
He wrote that their request “ignores the salient fact that they have the absolute right to refuse to answer questions which they believe may incriminate them.”
While the former president retired from running the company before coming to the White House, his son Donald Trump Jr. is still the executive vice president there.
Ivanka Trump left the company in 2017 to become an adviser in her father’s presidential administration alongside her husband Jared Kushner.
His second eldest son is also an executive of the Trump Organization – Eric Trump had previously been forced to sit under oath with James’ investigators.
Trump, seen here at a rally in Wyoming on Saturday, was forced to pay more than $110,000 to James’ office as part of a deal to have a contempt charge overturned for another subpoena
James began his investigation in 2019, after former Trump attorney Michael Cohen testified about the Trump Organization’s allegedly illicit business practices before Congress.
Earlier this month, Trump was forced to pay more than $110,000 to James’ office as part of a deal to quash a contempt charge for another subpoena to turn over financial documents in connection with investigation.
Trump and his attorney had argued he didn’t have the records James requested and had turned over everything else, while she argued his reasons were insufficient.
Engoron eventually sided with James, charging Trump with contempt of court and charging him $10,000 for each day the documents were not produced.
The former president has previously accused James, a Democrat, of investigating him out of political animus. But these charges have so far not made it to court.
The New York Court of Appeals said Thursday that James uncovered “a significant volume of evidence” in his investigation.
The filing also said that Trump and his children “did not identify any similarly implicated company that was not investigated or any officer of such a company that was not deposed.”
“Therefore, the appellants have failed to demonstrate that they were treated differently from anyone in a similar situation,” he says.