Ivanka Trump and her older brother, Don Jr., are doing everything they possibly can to get out of talking to investigators looking into whether the Trump Organization lied about the values of its properties for tax purposes.
Yesterday it was reported that New York Attorney General Letitia James had slapped Donald Trump‘s two eldest children with subpoenas demanding their testimony in the ongoing civil case.
Within hours of the news breaking, Ivanka and her brother asked a judge to quash subpoenas, arguing that James is only seeking to “circumvent the entire grand jury process” and that allowing the testimony would set a “dangerous precedent.”
The toxic brother-sister duo also questioned James’ motives, saying they believed she was trying to get their testimony in a civil case for the sole purpose of handing it over to criminal prosecutors later on.
“This is a rather transparent gambit,” their lawyers argued. “By attempting to play both sides, Ms. James is in a position to cherry pick her investigatory methods–civil or criminal–in a calculated manner to, for example, leverage a Fifth Amendment assertion and obtain an adverse inference.”
Ivanka and Don Jr. said they “might” (key word: might) consider testifying if they could be guaranteed that no criminal investigation involving them would be launched. Because that is a request only absolutely completely totally 100% innocent people make.
Last night, James’ office issued a statement saying that “despite their names, they must play by the same rules as everyone else.”
“These delay tactics will not stop us from following the facts or the law, which is why we will be asking the court to compel Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr., and Ivanka Trump to testify with our office under oath. Our investigation will continue undeterred.”
Now, here’s what Twitter is saying about the whole thing…
BREAKING: Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr. say they REFUSE to comply with NY's subpoena.
Retweet if you agree they should be THROWN IN PRISON! ?
— Jon Cooper ?? (@joncoopertweets) January 3, 2022
The law allows Donald, Don Jr, and Ivanka to be locked up for defying a subpoena. RT if you think it’s time to #LockThemUp!
— Blue Resisters In Red States (@ResistanceInRed) January 3, 2022
Ivanka's subpoena goes nicely with her Designer dress! KARMA.
— p wolfla (@yeawelltoldu) January 3, 2022
Category: No one is above the law.
Answer: Donald Trump, Ivanka and Don Jr.
Question: What is a subpoena? pic.twitter.com/6rpzzDu5t6
— Fozzie ???? (@FozzieBear88) January 4, 2022
Ivanka & CocaineJr will never willingly comply to a subpoena. They are going to have to be legally forced to comply. They know their goose is cooked.
— JakeMusc96 (@Musc96) January 3, 2022
If I ignored a subpoena, my ass would be in a squad car pretty fuckin fast, because I'm a nobody and I can't get away with shit. Trump is an ex fake president, so he can get away with everything. But what about Jr and Ivanka? Who the fuck are they and shouldn't they be forced?
— ? Death Row Tull ? (@dukewindsor388) January 4, 2022
Donald Trump is gonna lose his shit when the 1/6 Committee serves Ivanka with a subpoena.
— Chafed Charlie (@ChafedCharlie) January 3, 2022
Ivanka is avoiding her subpoena right now because she's searching for a prison in America that does plastic surgery.
— Gary (@gscucci) January 3, 2022
at the very very least, Ivanka refusing a valid subpoena can be used against her in any future political campaigns
— Skeletired (@skeletired) January 3, 2022
Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka said they won't comply with subpoenas issued by NY AG. Sounds like time to issue some arrest warrants.
— Amy Lynn?? (@AmyAThatcher) January 3, 2022
If they subpoena Ivanka, won't Trump make her claim spousal immunity?
— Emily Stutz (@SputzieBird) January 3, 2022
Graham Gremore is the Features Editor and a Staff Writer at Queerty. Follow him on Twitter @grahamgremore.