Ivanka Trump testified in a closed-door deposition on Tuesday in a lawsuit filed in January by the District of Columbia attorney general, saying President Trump’s inaugural committee overpaid the Trump International Hotel in 2017.
The deposition is part of a series now underway after Attorney General Karl A. Racine of Washington, a Democrat, succeeded in pushing back a September effort by lawyers on the Trump inauguration committee and the Trump organization to close the case, which was pending in federal court in Washington.
Others filed to date include Thomas J. Barrack Jr., a major donor to Mr. Trump and chairman of the inaugural committee, and Mickael Damelincourt, general manager of Trump International Hotel in Washington.
The lawsuit claims Ms Trump was told before the inauguration in January 2017 that the initial amount the hotel intended to charge the nonprofit groundbreaking committee – $ 450,000 per day – was considered too high .
Mr Damelincourt then lowered the proposed fee to $ 175,000 per day for the rental of the hotel’s presidential ballroom, but documents suggest it was even more than some staff thought reasonable.
Mr. Racine’s lawsuit says that even with this lower price, the inaugural committee “violated district law by operating a non-profit organization to engage in personal transactions.” No details of the deposition were released. Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, a former Trump family aide who helped organize the inauguration, is expected to file her statement next week.
The lawsuit brought by Mr. Racine is a civil matter. It is separate from an investigation by federal prosecutors in Manhattan, who investigated the inaugural donors, who raised and spent at least twice as much as its predecessors, a total of more than $ 107 million. dollars.