New York Judge Slams Ivanka Trump Over “Inconsistent Recall” in $354.9 Million Business Fraud Ruling

NEW YORK – A judge in New York has ordered former President Donald Trump to pay $354.9 million in damages for business fraud, with his daughter Ivanka Trump facing criticism in the ruling. Judge Arthur Engoron was sharply critical of Ivanka’s “inconsistent recall,” noting that she denied knowledge of key events despite the presentation of documentary evidence.

Ivanka was initially listed as a defendant in the case, but was dropped in June 2023 due to a statute of limitations. However, Engoron still questioned her testimony regarding negotiations involving the Old Post Office in Washington, D.C. and the Trump National Doral Golf Club in Miami, Florida.

In his judgment, Engoron wrote that Ivanka had no recollection of the events in question, despite the presence of emails and documents with her signature. He criticized her for denying knowledge even in the face of concrete evidence.

The ruling comes after Engoron found Donald Trump liable for business fraud in September 2023, accusing him of lying about property values to secure favorable bank loans and tax agreements. Along with the $354.9 million fine, Trump has been banned from serving as an officer or director of any New York corporation for three years. His sons, Donald Jr. and Eric, have also been fined $4 million each and given two-year business bans.

The judge has also ordered an independent body to monitor the Trump Organization for the next three years, although he did not cancel its business licenses.

Trump responded to the judgment, calling the judge a “crooked New York state judge” and vowing to appeal the decision. New York Attorney General Letitia James, who initially brought the case, welcomed the verdict, emphasizing that there cannot be different rules for different people in the country.

The ruling marks a significant blow to the Trump family and their business empire. It remains to be seen how this judgment will impact Donald Trump’s potential bid for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.