Ivanka Trump is accused of letting her father’s inauguration committee overpay a Trump hotel. Now she’s calling the investigation ‘a waste of taxpayer dollars.’

Ivanka Trump is accused of letting her father's inauguration committee overpay a Trump hotel. Now she's calling the investigation 'a waste of taxpayer dollars.'

  • Ivanka Trump responded to news that she had been deposed on Tuesday in connection to a lawsuit that accuses President Donald Trump’s inauguration committee of misusing its funds.
  • The suit, filed by the Washington, DC, attorney general in January, said that Ivanka knew the committee had paid more than twice the market rate to book event space at a Trump-owned hotel.
  • Typically, part of the presidents’ inauguration committee funds comes from private donations, while the rest is paid by the taxpayer.
  • On Thursday, Ivanka tweeted that the lawsuit is “another politically motivated demonstration of vindictiveness & waste of taxpayer dollars.”
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President Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, has responded to reports of her being deposed for a lawsuit on inaugural misspending on Thursday, calling the inquiry “politically motivated” and a “waste of taxpayer dollars.”

According to a Tuesday court filing, the first daughter was deposed on December 1 for a lawsuit filed by the Washington, DC Attorney General against the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) and Trump Organization in January 2020.

The lawsuit alleges that President Trump’s inaugural committee abused “non-profit funds to enrich the Trump family” by overpaying to use the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC, for events during the 2017 inauguration. 

According to the lawsuit, one of the event’s planners, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, informed both Ivanka Trump and Rick Gates, deputy chairman of the PIC, that the Trump hotel was quoting at least double market rate for inauguration events, but that the committee finalized the deal anyway.

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Ivanka Trump (center) watches as her father, Donald Trump, is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on January 20, 2017.

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Presidential inaugurations are usually paid for with a combination of funds from taxpayers and private fundraising, according to a 2016 report from The Washington Post.

While Trump’s inaugural committee raised $107 million— more than twice that raised for President Barack Obama’s second inauguration — taxpayers are always responsible for certain inauguration bills, according to the Associated Press. These expenditures include security costs and the $5 million to build the swearing-in platform.

In a tweet on Thursday, Ivanka denied that her family’s hotel overcharged for event space, and said the investigation was being carried out by a vindictive Democrat. 

“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, sharing a copy of said email.

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

Investigators plan to interview Wolkoff on December 9, according to a Tuesday court filing.

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The Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC, as seen on November 3, 2020.

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Ivanka Trump’s deposition on Tuesday is perhaps a preview of her post-White House life.

The president and his administration await multiple potential lawsuits upon leaving office, and The New York Times reported Tuesday that the president is exploring the option of giving out preemptive pardons to his eldest children, son-in-law Jared Kushner, and personal attorney Rudy Giuliani.

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany denied that allegation on Wednesday.

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