January 27, 2023

Donald Trump Jr. was dismissed on February 11 as part of an investigation into alleged abuse of posts for the inauguration of his father, former President Donald Trump, in 2017.

Donald Jr.’s testimony “raised further questions about the nature of an” inauguration bill “and revealed evidence that the defendants had not yet submitted records to the district,” the court said Tuesday by the Attorney General of DC, Karl Racine, was filed in the Washington Superior Court.

The deposit came two months after Donald Jr.’s sister, former White House adviser Ivanka Trump, was herself deposed on the case.

Racine sued the Trump Inaugural Committee, the Trump Organization and the Trump International Hotel last year for “blatant and unlawful misuse of charitable funds to enrich the Trump family.”

The attorney general said at the time that an investigation into his office “revealed that the opening committee made exorbitant and unlawful payments to the Trump Hotel to rent event space for opening activities.”

“This was the result of coordination between Vice Chairman of the Inaugural Committee, Rick Gates, Trump International Hotel Management, and members of the Trump family,” Racine said on announcing the lawsuit alleging that the hotel was more than 1 One million dollars in improper payments made to the hotel’s opening committee.

Gates was dismissed in December, according to the new court filing, which seeks to extend the time limits for dismissal and other evidence in the case.

The same file stated that, after last September, Racine’s office learned that the opening committee was wrongly spending money on a block of rooms in connection with a contract the Trump Organization had with The Madison, a Lowes Washington hotel, during housewarming week would have.

“The contact person for the space block contract was Lindsay Santoro, then an employee of the Trump organization and assistant to the management of Donald Trump Jr.,” says the file.

“The authoritative signature on the contract was Gentry Beach, Mr. Trump’s close friend.”

An invoice for this block of rooms for $ 49,358.92 was forwarded to the opening committee in July 2017 and paid by the committee.

During his dismissal, Donald Jr. testified that he did not authorize his assistant or friend, Mr. Beach, to contract on behalf of the Trump Organization in connection with the initiation committee.

“Mr. Trump stated that in preparation for his filing, he checked emails or documents and stated: [REDACTED] I think it was Mr. Beach [REDACTED] and used Mr. Trump’s assistant to help him, “the file said.

“When asked for the names of the rooms and the bill, Mr. Trump couldn’t say whether any of them donated to them [inaugural committee]. Instead, the names have been assigned to the campaign or the Trump family. “

“For example, Mr. Trump testified that one person was a college friend, one was a Trump family driver, another was a New York celebrity from Real Housewives of New York who is also a Trump family friend,” the file said .

A spokeswoman for Donald Jr. and the Trump Organization did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In the past, Donald Jr., his father, and other members of their clan have dismissed Racines and other investigations as politically motivated.

The Daily Beast reported Tuesday night that investigators at the Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.’s office were asking questions about Donald Jr. in their criminal investigation into the elder Trump and the Trump organization that Donald Jr. runs with his brother Eric. have asked.

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that as part of that investigation, Vance’s office could receive eight years worth of former President Trump’s tax returns and other financial records from his longtime accountants.

Vance is investigating whether the Trump organization has misrepresented the values ​​of various properties for various purposes, how the company booked hush money payments to two women who reported having sex with the elder Trump and other issues. Trump has denied the women’s allegations and any wrongdoing.

New York attorney general Letitia James is conducting a civil law investigation into the Trump Organization that focuses on allegations made by former President Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen that the law firm inflated and deflated the value of real estate in order to gain financial gain .

Eric Trump was dismissed from that investigation last fall.