Guardian: She has tried to be the acceptable face of Trumpism while seemingly nurturing political ambitions of her own. But Donald Trump’s eldest daughter, Ivanka, did not emerge from recent revelations over his financial affairs unscathed.
Ivanka can’t be an employee AND get over 700k in consulting fees for closing three hotel deals. It doesn’t work like that – it’s called fraud. Tax fraud. It’s an indictable offence. #TrumpTaxCheat https://t.co/ns9ovZyHqL— Scott Edwards (@EddySr1728) October 2, 2020
A nugget in the New York Times’s investigation into the US president’s tax returns could potentially cause lasting damage to Ivanka, currently a senior adviser to the president and a leading surrogate for his re-election campaign.
Since the deductions claimed are highly questionable – such as claiming consulting fees for Ivanka *while* she was also employed by the Trump organization, suggesting that Trump's tax returns are legal is simply fantastic speculation.— Syncretic (@Syncretiphile) October 2, 2020
She apparently received “consulting fees” paid by the Trump Organization, helping reduce the Trump family’s tax bill, while she was simultaneously an employee of the organization.
“Trump’s private records show that his company once paid $747,622 in fees to an unnamed consultant for hotel projects in Hawaii and Vancouver, British Columbia,” the Times noted. “Ivanka Trump’s public disclosure forms – which she filed when joining the White House staff in 2017 – show that she had received an identical amount through a consulting company she co-owned.”
While Trump was quick to issue his standard defense, dismissing the tax report as “fake news”, Ivanka has been conspicuously silent about her alleged violation. In the past she has worked to put daylight between herself and the biggest scandals of her father’s administration.
Revelation of vast 'consulting fees' threatens damage for Ivanka Trump https://t.co/1oIknlJiHT— BM (@bmangh) October 2, 2020
Joshua Kendall, author of First Dads: Parenting and Politics from George Washington to Barack Obama, said: “There seems to be an overlap in terms of her declaring that same amount of money on her financial disclosure so this really could be very, very damaging. There has been some speculation about a criminal prosecution. This could really be a turning point for her.” Read more…