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Ivanka Trump Throws Tantrum and Claims She’s Being Harassed by NYC DA’s Office, ‘They are Ruthless!’
Politico has a story on Ivanka Trump not taking her tax investigation well at all. The spoiled brat insists that this is all politically-driven and viciously going after the prosecutors looking into her and her father. One of the more ironic things about her statement is that she’s near surely right, in-part. She is not right about the fact that it is somehow wrong for NY to investigate and possibly prosecute manipulating their taxes. NY wasn’t even looking at the Trumps until they heard the admission about Stormy, the obvious illegal payment, and the obvious co-conspirator “Individual One.” And it’s not NY’s fault that once they began looking through the taxes, seeing other crimes. That’s not wrong.
It may well be that NY had no problem going after the Trumps given their brazen actions in breaking the law and probably don’t like him. It is probably also true that had this all happened in Florida with their governor and attorney general, they wouldn’t be prosecuted. So, she’s sort of right.
But that doesn’t mean it’s wrong for NY to be upset about essentially “stealing” $747,000 (rounded number) and considering prosecution. It is true that billionaires, millionaires, and big names often get around prosecution. And if Ivanka played the game right, there might have been a chance they could still do the same. Had she reacted by saying, “It is possible we made a mistake in our high volume taxes, I doubt we did, but if we did, we will surely make up for it and pay what is owed,” she’d be well on her way to having NY come to a non-prosecution agreement based on them making up the payment. That’s just the way it works with the wealthy.
You do NOT do this, under any circumstances. From Politico:
“This is harassment pure and simple,” she wrote on Twitter, linking to a New York Times report of recent subpoenas on the Trump Organization. “This ‘inquiry’ by NYC democrats is 100% motivated by politics, publicity and rage. They know very well that there’s nothing here and that there was no tax benefit whatsoever. These politicians are simply ruthless.”
There is a reason that defense attorneys tell their clients: “Keep your mouth shut unless you are standing beside me and saying only what we talked about.”
This is harassment pure and simple. This ‘inquiry’ by NYC democrats is 100% motivated by politics, publicity and rage. They know very well that there’s nothing here and that there was no tax benefit whatsoever. These politicians are simply ruthless.https://t.co/4dQoDzQlRX
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) November 20, 2020
She may get the MAGA heads to back her and get them all riled up. But that means nothing to the prosecutors. Her statement certainly does, it could be used as a partial admission that the facts occurred (maybe). She’s just awful and pure entitlement, spoiled brat. For the rest of their lives, at every point, they do something shady or wrong and it hits the papers or prosecutors, we’re going to hear that they are 100% innocent (and wonderful) and it’s all politics against these poor victims.
It’s fair to say Twitter wasn’t feeling very bad for Princess Ivanka:
Ivanka obsessively avoids commenting on legal cases–even ones that are pretty risky for her.
That she is weighing and politicizing this shows just how worried she is.
(I so wish she were more worried about her knowing involvement in an Iranian $-laundering scheme. Alas). https://t.co/pJjIqp2ZDy
— Adam Davidson (@adamdavidson) November 20, 2020
Based on all the criminal proceedings facing you it is safe to say that your life after January 20, 2021 will be nothing like it was before January 20, 2021. https://t.co/xTzZelUEwD
— Don Winslow (@donwinslow) November 20, 2020
Reminder: The last time New York investigated Ivanka for fraud, she had to agree to undergo training on how not to defraud people, and sign papers wherein she admitted that was unable not to cheat people so should never open a charity in NY again.
So there was something there. https://t.co/rDgqOo2Fqn
— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) November 20, 2020
Jared and Ivanka committed the stupid and arrogant mistake of thinking that the circumstances they walked into after the 2016 election were permanent. It's all going to run out in two months, and it's never coming back. https://t.co/5qy7lr0550
— Ben Rhodes (@brhodes) November 20, 2020
Yeah, paying your own daughter $750,000 as a "consultant" to the family business she already works for, then deducting it as a business expense, is tax fraud.
They're both going to jail. https://t.co/fCEQELqBKz
— Alex Cole (@acnewsitics) November 20, 2020
The Trump Family whining and crying about "political harassment" is going to be deafening.
It's especially rich coming from the "lock her up" people. https://t.co/54zxdLHnNB
— digby (@digby56) November 20, 2020
The eventual plea bargain is going to be hilarious. https://t.co/lB50fncEm4
— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) November 20, 2020
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