Former White House staffer Sarah Matthews made her predictions about former president Donald Trump‘s daughter’s testimony public on Sunday.
Ivanka Trump must testify in her father’s New York civil fraud trial. Before an appeals court ruling to remove her from the case due to the charges against her being past the statute of limitations, Ivanka Trump, the former executive vice president of The Trump Organization, was listed as a defendant in the fraud case.
She must, however, testify in person, according to a Friday ruling by Engoron. The Associated Press reports that the former president, his sons Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, as well as Ivanka, will all be testifying later this week.
The trial stems from a lawsuit that New York Attorney General Letitia James brought the previous year, in which she claimed that Trump and top Trump Organization executives had conspired to fabricate financial statements that they gave to banks and insurers in order to close deals and obtain loans by increasing Trump’s net worth by billions of dollars.
However, the front-runner in the Republican primary for president in 2024, Trump, has denied any wrongdoing and said the trial was politically motivated.
In an interview with MSNBC, Trump’s former deputy press secretary in the White House, Matthews, who left the job following the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot, made her predictions about how Ivanka’s testimony will transpire in the courtroom and emphasized its importance in the case against her father.
Although the dynamics inside the Trump family are complicated, Ivanka will watch what she says, according to Matthews, who also noted that she will have a significant impact on her father.
Matthews stated, “They are a close-knit family and while they have their issues, I don’t know that she is going to want to put them in a bad situation and, obviously, because then it will reflect back on her and will look poorly on her and her father. So I think that she is going to be careful with her words and try to protect her family,”
She continued by saying she thought Ivanka would be really worried about how her testimony would be portrayed in the media, in addition to wanting to protect her family.
Matthews stated, “So, they were always trying to make themselves look good in the media, and I think that she is going to be very concerned with how she is coming across with her testimony and be very guarded. So that’s probably going to be a bigger factor than trying to protect her family,”
Drawing from her experience working in the White House with Ivanka and her husband, former Trump adviser Jared Kushner, the former deputy press secretary, clarified that they “were always concerned with their own reputations first.”
Matthews stated, “At the end of the day, something I knew very well from working with Jared and Ivanka in the White House. We saw this in news stories all the time where, if Trump would enact a policy or tweet something vile out, then in the reporting, it would always be, ‘Oh, Jared and Ivanka disagreed though, or they tried to push back,'”
When the former president and his three children testify in the civil trial, Glenn Kirschner, a former federal prosecutor and frequent critic of Trump, legal analyst for NBC and MSNBC, said that things are “about to go from bad to worse” for the former president.
During his online show Justice Matters on Sunday, he stated, “Do you really think Don Jr., Eric and Ivanka are going to be able to withstand the rigors of examination and cross-examination? They are hostile witnesses, they will be cross-examined by New York Attorney General Letitia James’ team,”
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