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Social media roasts Ivanka after she complains about investigations into her family’s corruption

Social media roasts Ivanka after she complains about investigations into her family’s corruption

Yesterday, The New York Times revealed that two investigations into Donald Trump and his businesses are now looking into possible tax-writeoff improprieties related to consulting fees. Ivanka Trump appears to have received some of these fees.

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“Some of those [consulting] fees appear to have been paid to Ms. Trump, The Times found. On a 2017 disclosure she filed when joining the White House as a presidential adviser, she reported receiving payments from a consulting company she co-owned, totaling $747,622, that exactly matched consulting fees claimed as tax deductions by the Trump Organization for hotel projects in Hawaii and Vancouver, British Columbia.”

They further explain:

“Ms. Trump was an executive officer of the Trump companies that made the payments, meaning she appears to have been treated as a consultant while also working for the company. While companies can deduct professional fees, the Internal Revenue Service requires that consulting arrangements be market-based and reasonable, as well as ‘ordinary and necessary’ to running a business.”

The investigations are being run separately as one is civil and one criminal, the former by New York state’s Attorney General Letitia James and the latter under the eye of the Manhattan DA Cyrus R. Vance Jr. Subpoenas have already been issued in both cases.

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While Ivanka does not seem to be an official focus for either probe yet, the publication of the article caused her to lash out on Twitter.

She accused the investigators of “harassment” and being “100% motivated by politics, publicity, and rage.” Her protestations are, to be generous, difficult to take in good faith. Her family is so steeped in corruption, so blatantly criminal that it would be negligent and a dereliction of duty for James and Vance not to investigate.

More to the point, if Ivanka did nothing wrong she has no reason to be concerned and the investigations will find her innocent of any wrongdoing. Her obvious concern over the inquiries would lead a betting man to guess that she has something to hide here. If so, the American people deserve to know what. The Trumps have pillaged this country with impunity for far too long.

Twitter was less than impressed with Ivanka’s tweet and unleashed a wave of criticisms and jokes about prison time.

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