Ivanka Trump recently acknowledged that she “spent 5+ hours in a deposition” with investigators from the office of District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine over allegations of misused inauguration funds.
In response to questions about “rates charged by the Trump Hotel at the inauguration,” the president’s daughter claimed that she “shared with them an email from 4 years ago” in which she “sent instructions to the hotel to charge ‘a fair market rate.’”
She went on to call the probe “another politically motivated demonstration of vindictiveness,” a claim Racine vociferously refuted.
“With all due respect to Ivanka Trump, what she put out today was highly misleading, and at best, part of the story,” he said during a recent interview.
Racine went on to note that the inaugural committee spent 35 times more on space in the hotel than the Presidential Prayer Breakfast was charged for the same rooms.
“$175,000 charged to the inauguration committee, $5,000 charged for another not-for-profit,” he said. “Doesn’t sound like a ‘fair market rate’ to me.”