There are numerous reports in the American mainstream media suggesting that a significant internal conflict has arisen within the influential Trump family. According to these reports, Ivanka Trump, the daughter of former US President Donald Trump, is allegedly creating distance between herself and her father’s political activities in order to prioritize her business career and to distance herself from legal issues linked to the Trump family.
Noting one such instance of family infighting, the US media reported that Ivanka was absent from the event where Trump announced his reelection bid for the 2024 presidential elections.
In the ongoing legal battle surrounding the Trump Organization’s alleged fraudulent activities, Ivanka Trump has taken steps to distance herself from the $250 million fraud case brought by New York State Attorney General Letitia James.
Currently named as a defendant alongside her brothers, Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr., as well as other executives at the company, Ivanka Trump recently moved to dismiss the services of lawyers representing her brothers and brought in her own legal team.
According to the complaint filed by Attorney General James, the Trump Organization is accused of misrepresenting property values on official records to gain financial benefits. While the complaint implicates Ivanka Trump, she argues that she was not directly involved in the alleged wrongdoing.
In a letter submitted to the judge overseeing the case on March 6, Ivanka Trump’s new legal team requested a trial delay and emphasised that the complaint does not present any allegations of her involvement in creating, preparing, reviewing, or certifying her father’s financial statements.
However, legal analyst and attorney Andrew Lieb suggests that Ivanka Trump’s efforts to distance herself from her family may have come too late. Although it appears logical from a legal standpoint, Lieb points out that her decision raises the possibility of conflict of interest issues within the family.
The move to bring in separate legal representation suggests that there might be ongoing infighting among the Trump family members involved in the case.
Lieb commented, “It’s a little late in the game for her to be rebranding, although it makes a lot of sense from a legal perspective. Having all of these people—when it comes to Trump, Donald Jr., Eric, and Ivanka—with the same lawyer, there could end up being conflict of interest issues. I think there’s probably something going on here where there’s infighting because I find that families all love each other until they’re all liable for $250 million.”