Ivanka Trump has taken a step back from her family by hiring her attorneys
Ivanka Trump has taken a step back from her family by hiring her attorneys instead of relying on her brothers’ attorneys to represent her in a $250 million fraud civil lawsuit filed against her, her family, and the Trump Organization by New York Attorney General Letitia James.
The lawsuit accuses the Trumps, their real estate company, and its top executives of inflating the value of properties to secure cheaper loans, a claim that the defendants deny.
Ivanka Trump initially hired two Washington, DC, attorneys, Reid Figel and Michael Kellogg, who were working alongside the attorneys of her brothers, Clifford Robert and Michael Farina, to represent her in the case.
However, Kellogg and Figel withdrew from the case last week. Forbes reported that she has now hired Bennet Moskowitz, who formerly represented Jeffrey Epstein’s estate, as her sole legal counsel.
While it’s not unusual for defendants to seek separate legal representation, the timing of Ivanka’s move is noteworthy since the lawsuit’s discovery period ends soon, with the trial scheduled to begin in October.
According to former federal prosecutor Michael McAuliffe, this indicates that Ivanka may be preparing for the problem and wants her advocate to highlight the difference in evidence against the various defendants.
McAuliffe noted that a lawyer representing all or several defendants could not make this argument realistically or effectively. This isn’t the first time that Ivanka has distanced herself from her family.
She previously announced in November 2022 that she would not be involved in her father’s 2024 presidential campaign and confirmed that her political time was over.
Additionally, she was absent from his campaign launch. The insider contacted the attorneys mentioned in the article and the Trump Organization for comment but received no immediate response.
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