Judge rules Ivanka Trump must testify in her father's civil fraud trial in New York

“Ms. Trump has clearly availed herself of the privilege of doing business in New York,” Judge Engoron stated.

Published: October 27, 2023 12:45pm

A New York judge ruled Friday that Ivanka Trump will have to testify in the civil fraud case against her father, former President Donald Trump, and her brothers. 

The courts had initially ruled that she didn't have to appear as a defendant due to her leaving her Trump Organization job in 2017.

Judge Arthur Engoron ruled later that the former first daughter maintained ties to some businesses in New York after leaving the job, the Associated Press reports.  

“Ms. Trump has clearly availed herself of the privilege of doing business in New York,” Engoron stated.

He clarified that testimony wouldn’t be scheduled before Nov. 1 to give her lawyers time to appeal the decision. 

In late September, Engoron ruled the former president was responsible for defrauding banks and insurers by inflating the value of his properties, which would have secured benefits such as better loan terms and cheaper insurance. 

The appeals judge also ruled that Trump could remain in control of his businesses and not have a court-appointed receiver take charge of his properties. However, his civil fraud trial has not been delayed.

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