#IvankaForPrison trends as Ivanka Trump deposed for alleged misused funds, Internet says imprison 'whole family'
Ivanka was deposed on Tuesday, December 1, as part of a lawsuit by the Washington, D.C. attorney general’s office. But she has brushed off the investigation as a politically-motivated one, calling it a 'waste of taxpayer dollars'
On Thursday, December 3, the hashtag #IvankaForPrison took over Twitter with thousands of people tweeting under the trend, calling for the arrest and incarceration of Ivanka Trump, Advisor to the President, her father Donald Trump. Ivanka was deposed on Tuesday, December 1, as part of a lawsuit by the Washington, D.C. attorney general’s office. The attorney general's office sued the Trump Organization and the Presidential Inauguration Committee (PIC) over alleged misuse of inauguration funds of over $1 million. The PIC, which Ivanka was a part of, has been accused of "grossly overpaying" the Trump Hotel for event space for the 2017 presidential inauguration.
Ivanka has brushed off the investigation as a politically-motivated one, calling it a “waste of taxpayer dollars.” Taking to Twitter, she wrote, “This week I spent 5+ hours in a deposition with the Democrat D.C. AG’s office where they questioned the rates charged by the Trump Hotel at the inauguration. I shared with them an email from 4 years ago where I sent instructions to the hotel to charge 'a fair market rate’. This ‘inquiry’ is another politically motivated demonstration of vindictiveness & waste of taxpayer dollars.”
She also included a screenshot of a single email from December 14, 2016, in her tweet, in which she wrote to Michael Damelincourt, the managing director at Trump International Hotel in Washington, to "call and negotiate. It should be a fair market rate."
But Karl Anthony Racine, the first independently elected attorney general of the District of Columbia, tweeted quoting her tweet, saying, “We filed suit after gathering evidence that the Presidential Inaugural Committee knowingly entered into a grossly overpriced contract with the Trump Hotel. Any claim to the contrary is incorrect.”
He attached a screenshot of a mail from the event's planner, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, who had raised concerns about pricing with Trump, Ivanka and Rick Gates, a top campaign official at the time. Wolkoff asked them to “please take into consideration that when this is audited it will become public knowledge that the locations were also gifted and costs underwritten to lower rental fees”.
We filed suit after gathering evidence that the Presidential Inaugural Committee knowingly entered into a grossly overpriced contract with the Trump Hotel.— AG Karl A. Racine (@AGKarlRacine) December 3, 2020
Any claim to the contrary is incorrect. https://t.co/luQXOSqIRo pic.twitter.com/Ny8d9kiwOa
Ivanka's deposition has raised fresh questions of whether the president's daughter is likely to face jail time in the case. The news of her deposition comes amidst recent reports that President Trump is discussing preemptive pardons for his children, including Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr.
Many on Twitter, tweeting under the hashtag, claimed that not just Ivanka, but the whole family should be incarcerated. “The female traitor tot needs to go to jail. They all do, really, but I think she’s the smartest of the idiots. She should go first,” wrote a Twitter user. “She needs to land in prison ....with the rest of that thieving family!!!!!!!!” wrote another Twitter user. One Twitter user wrote, “A poem for Ivanka Trump: Roses are red. Violets are blue. You're going to prison. And your husband is, too.” Another Twitter user said, “#IvankaForPrison and the whole family too.”
A poem for Ivanka Trump:— Middle Age Riot (@middleageriot) December 3, 2020
Roses are red
Violets are blue
You're going to prison
And your husband is, too.#IvankaForPrison
The general counsel for the Trump Organization, Alan Garten, in a statement, said that Ivanka's "only involvement was connecting the parties and instructing the hotel to charge a 'fair market rate', which the hotel did."