Mary Trump called her cousin Donald Trump Jr. her ‘stupidest’ relative who was ‘left in the dust’ by his father

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Mary Trump tore into Donald Trump Jr. and his father in a recent podcast interview.

  • Donald Trump’s niece ripped her cousin, Donald Trump Jr., in a podcast interview, calling him a suck-up and her “stupidest” relative.
  • Mary Trump said her cousin would “out-racism anybody” to earn approval in the Trump family.
  • She’s being sued by former President Trump over a book about him.
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Mary Trump tore into her cousin Donald Trump Jr. in a recent podcast interview, calling him “deeply unintelligent” and “weak.”

“I’ve been asked this: who’s the stupidest one, and it’s him,” said the psychologist – who is being sued by her uncle, former President Donald Trump, for publishing a book criticizing him – in a Wednesday episode of the liberal podcast “UnPresidented.”

Mary Trump added that her cousin was “left in the dust” by his father, who favors Ivanka.

“And yet he still tries, doesn’t he?” said Mary Trump. “I think he’s like many other people in my family. He has no core, no ideology, no beliefs, and he’ll out-racism anybody, he’ll out-misogyny anybody, he’ll shoot as many innocent animals as possible to get whatever passes for affection in my family.”

She also said that because Donald Trump Jr. is the oldest son in his family, he was born with expectations to follow in his father’s footsteps and surpass him.

“He had no intention of striking out on his own, he had no intention of doing anything but sucking it up and toeing the line,” she said.

Additionally, she took aim at Donald Trump himself, saying he is “the weakest person on the planet.”

Mary Trump has been an fierce critic of the former president and his children, blasting her uncle as a “fascist” and calling for him to be put in prison.

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Donald Trump gave his adult children 6 months of Secret Service protection after he left office, at the taxpayers’ expense, says report

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Former president Donald Trump with his family.

  • Donald Trump gave his adult children and three officials six months extra Secret Service protection.
  • The extra security cost taxpayers $1.7 million, The Washington Post reported.
  • It included payments to Trump’s own companies, as agents stayed at Trump properties to protect his children.
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Donald Trump cost taxpayers $1.7 million by providing his adult children and three officials with six months of Secret Service protection after he left office, according to a Washington Post analysis of new spending documents.

Before leaving office, Trump triggered a highly unusual order, the paper said, giving extra protection to his four adult children, Donald Trump Jr., 43, Ivanka, 39, and Eric, 37, and Tiffany, 27.

Ivanka’s husband, Jared Kushner, was also granted protection, as was Eric’s wife, Lara.

Trump’s protection order also included three officials; former Secretary to the Treasury Steve Mnuchin, former chief of staff Mark Meadows, and former national security adviser Robert C. O’Brien.

Under law, the Secret Service provides protection for former presidents and spouses for life, as well as their children until they turn 16.

In recent years, former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton have extended it to include college-aged children for a short time after leaving office, The Washington Post said.

However, Trump ordered the Secret Service to devote time and resources to protecting seven wealthy adults, the paper said.

During the six months, the Secret Service spent around $347,000 on airfare, hotels, and rental cars protecting Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, according to the records seen by The Washington Post.

It included vacations to Hawaii, Utah ski county, a Wyoming ranch, and Kiawah Island in South Carolina, the paper said.

Secret Service agents also spent​ $9,000 on hotel rooms accompanying Kushner on a trip to the United Arab Emirates in May, citing federal spending data posted online.

According to The Daily Beast, Kushner chose to stay at the five-star Ritz Carlton in Abu Dhabi.

Data for the cost of flights was not reported.

The cost of protecting Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr. was $241,000 and $213,000, respectively. The Washington Post said the brothers primarily traveled between New York and South Florida, with occasional trips elsewhere.

Tiffany Trump was the cheapest to protect, with partial records showing that the Secret Service spent $56,000 while protecting her, the paper reported.

Several of the payments were made to Trump’s own company. Agents were billed for the rooms they used while protecting his children, the paper reported.

Since leaving office, the former president has lived full-time at his properties and has also charged the Secret Service for rooms, the paper said.

Jordan Libowitz, a spokesman for Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics, told The Washington Post that the charges, although small, indicated a moral choice for the Trump family.

“The patriotic thing would obviously be not charging the government to stay at your properties and not profiting or profiteering off the government,” Libowitz told the paper.

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Former president Donald Trump and former Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.

Of the three officials included in the protection order, Mnuchin was the most expensive to guard, costing the Secret Service $479,000.

This included accompanying Mnuchin on three trips to the Middle East and staying at luxurious hotels, the paper reported.

Mnuchin is a multimillionaire in his own right, with an estimated $400 million fortune, according to Forbes.

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Some Trump Tower tenants didn’t pay their rent, including the company behind Ivanka Trump’s shoe line, report says

Cristiano Ronaldo owns an apartment at Trump Tower, New York City
  • Multiple tenants became behind on rent at Trump Tower, according to a Washington Post report.
  • The Trump Organization sued the maker of Ivanka Trump’s shoe line earlier this year for $1.5 million in unpaid rent.
  • One tenant that consistently pays its bill is a PAC for Donald Trump, according to The Post.
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Marc Fisher Footwear, the former manufacturer of Ivanka Trump’s shoe line, fell behind nearly $1.5 million in unpaid rent at Trump Tower in New York City, according to a lawsuit filed by the Trump Organization earlier this year.

The lawsuit, which was filed in March and first reported by Bloomberg, alleges the company owed rent for a lease that started in 2015 for the entire 21st floor and parts of the 22nd floor at Trump Tower. The suit said Marc Fisher had not made a rent payment since November 1, 2020.

The shoemaker manufactured Ivanka Trump’s shoes before she shut down her fashion line in 2018.

A Washington Post report published Friday said the suit was settled in April for an undisclosed amount. According to the report, the company wasn’t the only tenant to miss rent payments at the Manhattan skyscraper.

Court documents reviewed by The Post said suit maker Marcraft Clothes, which rented the 18th floor of Trump Tower, was behind $644,000 in rent before going out of business last year. Another company once owned by Kris Jenner owed $198,000 in rent as of October 2020, the court documents said.

Insider’s Grace Panetta reported that Trump Tower has experienced similar financial woes as other commercial real estate properties in New York City during the COVID-19 pandemic. Low tourism rates and a decline in foot traffic on Fifth Avenue, known for its luxury shopping, played a role.

However, a political action committee for Donald Trump has been a consistent source of income for the Trump Organization’s flagship building. The Post reported that the PAC is paying nearly $40,000 in rent for office space on the 15th floor.

The outlet reported that the PAC staffers rarely use the space, as most work from home or from Trump’s other properties in Florida and New Jersey.

“We are paying market rate for leased office space used to help President Trump build a financial juggernaut to help elect America First conservatives and flip both the House and Senate to the Republicans in the midterm elections,” Trump spokeswoman Liz Harrington told The Post.

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Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are keeping a low profile as they buy up property in Miami’s ‘Billionaire Bunker.’ Here’s a timeline of their relationship.

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Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump.

  • Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump met in 2007, married in 2009, and have three children.
  • They both served as White House advisors in the Trump administration.
  • The couple is keeping a low profile while building up their real estate profile in Florida.
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2007: Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner met at a networking lunch arranged by one of her longtime business partners.

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner in 2007
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner in 2007.

Trump and Kushner were both 25 at the time.

“They very innocently set us up thinking that our only interest in one another would be transactional,” Ivanka told Vogue in 2015. “Whenever we see them we’re like, ‘The best deal we ever made!'”

2008: Ivanka and Kushner broke up because of religious differences.

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump in 2008.
Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump in 2008.

Kushner was raised in the modern Orthodox Jewish tradition, and it was important to his family for him to marry someone Jewish. Ivanka’s family is Presbyterian. 

2008: Three months later, the couple rekindled their romance when Wendy Deng Murdoch invited them both for a weekend on her yacht.

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner in 2008
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner in 2008.

According to the 2019 book “Kushner, Inc.,” Rupert Murdoch’s then-wife invited them both without telling the other.

May 2009: They attended the Met Gala together for the first time.

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump at the Met Gala in 2009
Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump at the Met Gala in 2009.

The theme of the gala was “The Model As Muse.” Ivanka wore a gown by designer Brian Reyes.

July 2009: Ivanka completed her conversion to Judaism, and she and Kushner got engaged.

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Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump in 2009.

Kushner proposed with a 5.22-carat cushion-cut diamond engagement ring.

July 2009: Ivanka told New York Magazine that she and her fiancé were “very mellow.”

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Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner in 2009.

“We go to the park. We go biking together. We go to the 2nd Avenue Deli,” she told New York Magazine. “We both live in this fancy world. But on a personal level, I don’t think I could be with somebody — I know he couldn’t be with somebody — who needed to be ‘on’ all the time.”

October 2009: Ivanka and Kushner married at the Trump National Golf Club in New Jersey.

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Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump on their wedding day in 2009.

The couple invited 500 guests, including celebrities like Barbara Walters, Regis Philbin, and Anna Wintour, as well as politicians such as Rudy Giuliani and Andrew Cuomo.

July 2011: The couple welcomed their first child, Arabella.

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Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner with Arabella Kushner.

“This morning @jaredkushner and I welcomed a beautiful and healthy little baby girl into the world,” Ivanka announced on Twitter. “We feel incredibly grateful and blessed. Thank you all for your support and well wishes!”

October 2013: Ivanka gave birth to their second child, Joseph.

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Ivanka Trump with Arabella Rose Kushner and Joseph Frederick Kushner in 2017.

He was named for Kushner’s paternal grandfather Joseph and Ivanka’s paternal grandfather Frederick.

March 2016: Kushner and Ivanka welcomed their third child, Theodore, in the midst of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

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Ivanka Trump carries her son Theodore as she holds hands with Joseph, alongside Jared Kushner and daughter Arabella.

“I said, ‘Ivanka, it would be great if you had your baby in Iowa.’ I really want that to happen. I really want that to happen,” Trump told supporters in Iowa in January 2016.

May 2016: They attended the Met Gala two months after Ivanka gave birth.

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Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump attend the Met Gala in 2016.

Ivanka wore a red Ralph Lauren Collection halter jumpsuit

On a 2017 episode of “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” Anna Wintour said that she would never invite Donald Trump to another Met Gala

January 2017: Ivanka and Kushner attended President Trump’s inauguration and danced together at the Liberty Ball.

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Ivanka Trump dances with husband Jared Kushner in 2017.

The Liberty Ball was the first of three inaugural balls that Trump attended.

January 2017: After the inauguration, Ivanka and Kushner relocated to a $5.5 million home in the Kalorama section of Washington, DC.

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Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump’s house in Washington, DC.

Ivanka and Kushner rented the 7,000-square-foot home from billionaire Andrónico Luksic for $15,000 a month, the Wall Street Journal reported.

May 2017: They accompanied President Trump on his first overseas trip in office.

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Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump meet Pope Francis in 2017.

Kushner and Ivanka both served as advisors to the president. For the first overseas trip of Donald Trump’s presidency, they accompanied him to Saudi Arabia, Israel, Vatican, and summits in Brussels and Sicily. 

October 2018: Ivanka wished Kushner a happy anniversary on Instagram, calling him “my light, my love, my life.”

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Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner at a state dinner in 2018.

They celebrated their ninth anniversary in 2018.

October 2019: The couple celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary with a lavish party at Camp David.

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump in 2019
Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump in 2019.

All of the Trump and Kushner siblings were in attendance. A White House official told CNN that the couple was covering the cost of the party, but President Trump tweeted that the cost would be “totally paid for by me!”

January 2021: Kushner and Ivanka skipped President Joe Biden’s inauguration, flying with Trump to his Mar-a-Lago residence in Palm Beach, Florida, instead.

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Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, and their children prepare for President Donald Trump’s departure on January 20, 2021.

Donald Trump did not attend Biden’s inauguration, breaking a long-standing norm in US democracy. While initial reports said that Ivanka was planning to attend the inauguration, a White House official told People magazine that “Ivanka is not expected to attend the inauguration nor was she ever expected to.”

December 2020: Ivanka and Kushner reportedly bought a $32 million empty lot in Indian Creek Village, Florida, known as Miami’s “Billionaire Bunker.”

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Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump’s plot of land in Indian Creek Village.

Page Six reported that the couple purchased a 1.8-acre waterfront lot owned by singer Julio Iglesias, Enrique Iglesias’ father.

The island where it sits boasts the nickname “Billionaire Bunker” thanks to its multitude of ultra-wealthy residents over the years, including billionaire investor Carl Icahn, supermodel Adriana Lima, and former Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula. 

January 2021: The couple signed a lease for a luxury Miami Beach condo near their Indian Creek Village property.

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Arte Surfside.

Ivanka and Kushner signed a lease for a “large, unfurnished unit” in the amenities-packed Arte Surfside condominium building in Surfside, Florida, for at least a year, Katherine Clarke reported for The Wall Street Journal.

Surfside, a beachside town just north of Miami Beach that’s home to fewer than 6,000 people, is only a five-minute drive from Indian Creek Island, where they bought their $32 million empty lot.

April 2021: Ivanka and Kushner reportedly added a $24 million mansion in Indian Creek Village to their Florida real estate profile.

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Ivanka Trump on a walk with Jared Kushner in Florida in June 2021.

The Real Deal reported that Ivanka and Kushner purchased another Indian Creek property — this time, a 8,510-square-foot mansion situated on a 1.3-acre estate.

June 2021: CNN and the New York Times reported that the couple is beginning to distance themselves from Trump due to his fixation on conspiracies about the 2020 election.

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Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner sit behind Donald Trump.

CNN reported that Trump is prone to complain about the 2020 election and falsely claim it was “stolen” from him to anyone listening and that his “frustrations emerge in fits and starts — more likely when he is discussing his hopeful return to national politics.” 

While Ivanka and Kushner have been living in their Miami Beach condo, not far from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida, they’ve been visiting Trump less and less frequently and have been conspicuously absent from big events at Mar-a-Lago, CNN said. 

The New York Times also reported that Kushner “wants to focus on writing his book and establishing a simpler relationship” with the former president.

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No one has ever gone up to Trump and just told him he lost the election, author Michael Wolff says in The 600-Word Interview

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Former President Donald Trump.

  • Michael Wolff is the author of three books on Trump. His latest is the best-seller “Landslide.”
  • He says Trump is delusional and won’t listen to what he doesn’t want to hear.
  • So no one has gone up to him and plainly told him he lost fair and square to Joe Biden.
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It seems as if your theory of Trump is that he’s a not-bright insane person with a gift for reading a crowd.

Yes. He’s like many actors I have known in my time: not too bright in their own particular reality, with extraordinary gifts for getting on the wavelength of their audience.

Does he know that he lost the election fair and square?

He does not know. Now, whether he has managed to successfully convince himself or whether from the get-go he was so focused on hearing what he wanted to hear, he is absolutely certain. Absolutely certain that he won the election and that if he did not win it, it could only be that it was stolen from him. And that everybody else also sees it that way. So this is delusional, which is the word I use fairly often in the book.

You also say he’s mentally deranged.

Yes. I would say that seems the obvious conclusion.

I kept waiting for someone in the book to just go out to him and say “You lost.”

When you haven’t been in his presence, it’s very hard then to actually describe for someone the fact that he is incapable of listening. He just doesn’t hear anything that he doesn’t want to hear. He’s unable to acknowledge any deviation, any slightest departure, any merest qualification of something different than what he thinks or wants to think.

So no one has just gone up to him and said, “Sir, you lost this election”?

Exactly so. You cannot say anything to Trump that he doesn’t want to hear. Everybody knows that. So to do that would mark you as incompetent or a fool or a silly person. It just doesn’t happen.

Now, there’s a set of billionaire types – sort of what passes for friends – who have at least described to me instances in which they have tried to, if not exactly level with him, bring him around to a new understanding. But also the feeling that you come away from those descriptions is that even these people can’t get over the barrier of saying: “You’re an idiot. You’re a fool. You don’t know what you’re talking about.”

Partly because it would require that kind of extreme language. And, given that he was the president of the United States, and given that everybody knows he doesn’t listen anyway.

And given, of course, that people who are talking to him want to remain in his favor.

It’s almost another power of his, if every time he encounters someone they can’t bring themselves to be direct about the circumstances.

Completely. But just think of it as talking to a crazy person, a person whose capacity to parse reality in some logical way is so diminished that you have to humor them, essentially. Everybody knows that reality can’t get through here, so the best you can do is work at the edges.

In your first book about Trump, you called Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump “Jarvanka.” Everyone knows it’s “Javanka.” Did you hear about that criticism?

Yeah. And I don’t know what to say about it. I know that Steve Bannon invented the term, and that’s the term he used with me. You know, did it somehow change underneath? I don’t know. I think I was probably one of the first people to put it into print. So who knows? I don’t know. I have no knowledge there. I said to Steve, “Is it Javanka or is it Jarvanka?” And he said, “Javanka, Jarvanka, let’s call the whole thing off.” So I don’t know.

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Jared Kushner searched ‘how do you caucus’ when Trump fans approached him and Ivanka for help at the 2016 Iowa caucus, book says

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Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump.

  • Trump fans wanted help from Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner at the 2016 Iowa caucus, new book says.
  • But the couple didn’t know what to do, and Kushner had to search “how do you caucus,” it says.
  • Ivanka had just recorded a “how to caucus” video for the campaign, but she read from a script, the book said.
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Jared Kushner searched “how do you caucus” when supporters of Donald Trump asked him and Ivanka Trump for campaign advice at the 2016 Iowa caucus, according to a new book cited by the Daily Beast.

The anecdote is from “Frankly, We Did With This Election: The Inside Story of How Trump Lost” by the Wall Street Journal reporter Michael Bender.

According to Bender, the supporters wanted help from the couple on how to caucus for Trump, and approached them as they arrived at a hotel in Cedar Rapids.

But Kushner and Trump “traded blank stares,” Bender wrote, adding that Ivanka had recorded a how-to-caucus video for the Trump campaign, but she had read the instructions from a script.

When she asked Jared what to do, he said: “I have no idea,” Bender wrote.

Then, according to Bender: “He pulled out his phone, opened a web browser, and typed out one letter at a time: H‐o‐w d‐o y‐o‐u c‐a‐u‐c‐u‐s?”

After Trump won the 2016 election, Kushner and Trump both served as senior White House advisors.

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One sentence in the Trump Organization indictment suggests more charges are coming, former prosecutor says

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Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a rally at the Sarasota Fairgrounds on July 3, 2021 in Sarasota, Florida, United States.

  • The Manhattan DA’s Trump Organization investigation is still ongoing after last week’s indictments.
  • Prosecutors described its CFO as “one of the largest individual beneficiaries” of an alleged tax scheme.
  • The language suggests people other than Allen Weisselberg benefited and could be charged later.
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One sentence in the Manhattan District Attorney’s 15-count indictment against the Trump Organization suggests more people affiliated with the ex-president’s family company could face charges in the future, according to a former prosecutor.

Thursday’s indictment alleged the Trump Organization and CFO Allen Weisselberg participated in a yearslong scheme to avoid paying taxes on $1.7 million worth of compensation. Both Weisselberg and attorneys for the Trump Organization pleaded not guilty to the charges against them.

Randy Zelin, a former New York state prosecutor, told Insider the charging documents included a sentence that offered a clue about other people who may have been involved in the alleged tax scheme.

“One of the largest individual beneficiaries of the defendants’ scheme was Allen Weisselberg,” the indictment reads.

Zelin, now a defense attorney at Wilk Auslander LLP, said prosecutors’ use of the word “individual” suggests other people – not just corporations – benefited from the Trump Organization’s alleged tax avoidance scheme.

“The government could have said he was the only one, right? The government didn’t have to use the word ‘individual,'” Zelin said. “The fact that the government inserted the word ‘individual’ means that there may be others who enjoy perks.”

“The fact that the government said ‘one of the largest’ – that by its very nature means other people were doing the same or doing similar,” he added.

The investigation into the Trump Organization is ongoing. A special grand jury is scheduled to sit until November, examining issues like whether the company kept two sets of books, if it broke laws by facilitating a hush-money payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels, and whether anyone other than Weisselberg got untaxed benefits.

Trump Organization chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg exits after his arraignment hearing in New York State Supreme Court in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., July 1, 2021.
Trump Organization chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg in court.

The indictment describes an ongoing tax avoidance scheme that prosecutors allege began in 2005. Former President Donald Trump personally led the company until 2017, and then turned over leadership to Weisselberg and his two eldest sons, Eric and Donald Trump Jr., who have disparaged the investigation as politically motivated.

Zelin noted that the Trump Organization closed ranks around Weisselberg after he was charged, suggesting the executive wasn’t a rogue actor in the alleged tax avoidance scheme.

“If he had done this on his own, he would have then have been cheating the Trump Organization,” Zelin said. “Not only wasn’t he terminated, not only was he not suspended pending further investigation, not only was he not suspended once he was indicted – but apparently he’s gone back to work since his indictment.”

Manhattan prosecutors have sought Weisselberg’s cooperation in their investigation, and Zelin said the charges against him could help flip more people from Trump’s orbit.

Matthew Calamari, the Trump Organization’s chief operating officer who lived in company-owned apartments, is under scrutiny as well. And Ivanka Trump, who appeared to take a tax-deducted consulting fee from the company despite being one of its executives, according to a New York Times investigation of tax filings, may also be at legal risk.

“There’s certainly a lot of clues that would suggest that this indictment is just the beginning, rather than the end,” Zelin said.

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Ivanka Trump could be the next target for Manhattan’s district attorney, according to a former federal prosecutor

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Ivanka Trump

  • Ivanka Trump could be the next target for Manhattan’s district attorney, according to a former federal prosecutor.
  • Manhattan’s DA is investigating whether Donald Trump and his family committed financial crimes.
  • Trump’s long-serving deputy Alan Weisselberg was last week charged with tax crimes.
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Ivanka Trump could be the next target of Manhattan District Attorney’s criminal investigation into Donald Trump and his family, a former federal prosecutor said.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance on Thursday charged Alan Weisselberg, a long-serving aide to Donald Trump, with tax crimes as part of a wider investigation into whether the former president’s company committed financial crimes.

Cynthia Alksne, a legal analyst for MSNBC and a former Assistant District Attorney in the Brooklyn, NY District Attorney’s office, said Monday that the indictment presented in Weisselberg’s case indicated that Ivanka Trump could be next to face charges.

“This is an opening salvo,” Alksne told MSNBC’s Alicia Menendez on Monday, per Raw Story.

“Ordinarily or quite often, New York State indictments are not as detailed as this. The prosecutors went to an amazing amount of effort to show Weisselberg: “We have everything we need.”

“They’re really not only pressuring him to flip, but the amount of detail in this indictment tells me they’re trying to tell other people you have got to flip because we have everything,” she said.

Speculation has been rife as to the identity of the “Unindicted Co-conspirator #1” referenced in the indictment unsealed against Weisselberg last week, and Alksne speculated that it was more likely to be one of Donald Trump’s children than the former president himself.

She said: “I would focus it on the kids … We’ve heard a lot of this reporting about Ivanka Trump getting consulting fees, or things she may or may not have done. That looks to be like the next place.”

Michael D’Antonio, who wrote a biography of Trump, also speculated Sunday that Ivanka could be in legal trouble.

“The other person who I think is in peril is Ivanka Trump,” D’Antonio told CNN’s Jim Acosta. “One of the things that Allen Weisselberg is in trouble for is taking money as a contractor and then claiming self-employed status so that he can get some of the retirement benefits that the tax code allows for self-employed people.”

“Well, we know that Ivanka Trump got quite significant sums paid to her as non-employee compensation that freed the Trump Organization from paying part of her taxes, and it put her in a status that I think the IRS would have lots of questions about.”

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Former FBI official says he believes Ivanka Trump may have perjured herself in her testimony to DC prosecutors

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Ivanka Trump.

  • Former FBI Assistant Director Frank Figliuzzi told MSNBC Ivanka Trump may have perjured herself.
  • Figliuzzi was referring to Trump’s deposition by the Washington, DC Attorney General’s office.
  • Trump said she wasn’t involved in inauguration plans. Mother Jones published her planning emails.
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Former FBI Director Frank Figliuzzi said he believes Ivanka Trump may have perjured herself when she told prosecutors she wasn’t involved in the planning of her father’s 2017 inauguration.

The Washington, DC, Attorney General’s office filed a lawsuit last year against former President Trump’s inauguration committee, saying the committee overpaid to book the Trump International Hotel for inauguration events. Prosecutors accused the presidential inaugural committee of “abusing nonprofit funds to enrich” the Trump family.

Ivanka Trump, who was heavily involved in the hotel’s opening, was deposed by DC Attorney General Karl Racine’s office in December.

In an interview with MSNBC on Monday, Figliuzzi said Trump “seems to have perjured herself about essentially saying, ‘No, I had no role in the inauguration committee.'”

“There’s emails and emails with her on them – right down to selecting the menu and the catering and hosting events during the inauguration,” he said. “Let’s add her to the list of friends and family that are caught up in the toxicity.”

“Investigators and prosecutors pay attention to that because it can actually go toward the approach and strategy to a prosecution,” he said.

Read more: How Donald Trump could use his relationship with Putin and Russia to skirt prosecution back in the USA

Figliuzzi’s comments were based on a new report by Mother Jones’ David Corn, published Monday, which included communications showing Ivanka Trump was in contact with organizers on the committee and helping make decisions about the event.

Here are a few details from that report:

  • Trump met with a member of the inauguration committee where they had “high-level” talks about the overarching theme of the event.
  • Trump also discussed hosting a women’s entrepreneurs event for the inauguration, which was eventually scrapped.
  • An email conversation showed Trump weighing in on the committee’s struggles to book A-list talent for the inauguration.
  • Trump instructed an event organizer on who to invite to the candlelight dinner held the night before the inauguration.
  • One committee planning document noted that the menus needed to be approved by “IT and DJT,” an apparent reference to Trump and her father.

Ivanka Trump did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

Following her deposition last year, Trump tweeted that Racine’s lawsuit was vindictive and politically motivated.

“This week I spent 5+ hours in a deposition with the Democrat D.C. AG’s office where they questioned the rates charged by the Trump Hotel at the inauguration. I shared with them an email from 4 years ago where I sent instructions to the hotel to charge ‘a fair market rate’ (see below) which the hotel then did,” she wrote.

“This ‘inquiry’ is another politically motivated demonstration of vindictiveness & waste of taxpayer dollars.”

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Trump’s obsessive rants about the 2020 election have driven away his daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner, report says

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President Donald Trump’s White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, the daughter of President Trump, walk on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, after stepping off Marine One after returning from Camp David.

  • Trump has pushed away Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner with his election lies, CNN reports.
  • Ivanka and Kushner were once top figures in Trump’s inner circle and administration.
  • Trump remains fixated on conspiracies about the 2020 election.
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Former President Donald Trump has alienated his daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner with his continued obsession over the 2020 election, CNN reported Wednesday.

CNN reported that Trump is prone to complain about the 2020 election and falsely claim it was “stolen” from him to anyone listening, and that his “frustrations emerge in fits and starts – more likely when he is discussing his hopeful return to national politics.”

While Ivanka and Kushner have been located in Miami, not far from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, they’ve been visiting Trump less and less frequently, and have been conspicuously absent from big events at Mar-a-Lago, CNN said.

Kushner and Ivanka, once key advisors in Trump’s inner circle, have taken a step back both over Trump’s unrelenting lies about the 2020 election and the strained relationship between Trump and his son-in-law.

One source described Kushner to CNN as “kind of like a parent who sticks around less and less each morning while they’re transitioning their kid to day care.”

Trump reportedly blames Kushner in part for the failure of his 2020 campaign, was unimpressed with Kushner’s policy work, and is worried that his son-in-law will take credit for the administration’s policy achievements.

The Washington Post previously reported that Trump remains obsessed with his 2020 election loss and is paying close attention to ongoing ballot recount efforts in Maricopa County, Arizona. He’s been following news out of Arizona religiously and pushing for similar ballot reviews in Georgia and Pennsylvania, per The Post.

In recent weeks, Trump has also latched onto a conspiracy theory that a non-existent Supreme Court case brought by MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell will result in the court overturning the results of the 2020 presidential election and reinstating him as president by August.

(There is no constitutional mechanism for the 2020 election to be overturned or for Trump to be reinstated).

With former top advisors and confidantes like Ivanka and Kushner stepping back, right-wing media influencers like Lindell and One America News anchor Christina Bobb, a promoter of the dubious Arizona recount, have filled that void and captured Trump’s attention, CNN said.

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