Ivanka Trump has decided to split from the lawyers representing herself and her brothers in the case against New York Attorney General Letitia James, opting to hire her own.
James slapped the Trump family, specifically former President Donald Trump and his three oldest children, with a fraud lawsuit in September. The attorney general alleges that the group, along with the former president’s real estate company and top executives, artificially inflated property values with the purpose of obtaining loans more cheaply. The three siblings had originally been sharing Clifford Robert and Michael Farina of Robert & Robert, though Ivanka had opted to retain other legal options at the time. Robert and Farina worked with Reid Figel and Michael Kellogg of Kellogg Hansen, two Washington, D.C.-based attorneys Ivanka had independently retained.
It wasn’t until Friday, Forbes reports, that the former first daughter officially fired Robert and Farina, choosing instead to be represented by Bennet Moskowitz of the firm Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders. However, some say the writing has been on the wall since early March when the lawyers solely representing Ivanka asked the judge to delay the trial, claiming: “The complaint does not contain a single allegation that Ms. Trump directly or indirectly created, prepared, reviewed or certified any of her father’s financial statements. The complaint affirmatively alleges that other individuals were responsible for those tasks.”
“Similarly, as Ms. Trump argued in her motion to dismiss – and which the OAG did not contest – there is no allegation that Ms. Trump ever made a misrepresentation about any of her father’s statements of financial condition to anyone,” it continued.
Moskowitz is perhaps most notable for his work for the estate of deceased former-billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, a convicted pedophile with numerous victims seeking compensation for his crimes against them. He will now be the only attorney representing Ivanka in this fraud case, which seeks $250 million from the defendants, as well as a ruling that bars them from conducting any business in the state of New York.
The Trumps, naturally, deny the allegations against them and plan to fight it out in court. The trial is scheduled for October 2023, as Trump will no doubt be ramping up his efforts in his 2024 presidential campaign. It remains to be seen how the legal proceedings will affect his ability to continue that campaign.
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