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Judge smacks down Ivanka’s pathetic attempt to claim she’s too busy to follow the law

Posted by on Sep. 23, 2017 at 11:30 PM
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Judge smacks down Ivanka’s pathetic attempt to claim she’s too busy to follow the law

Ivanka Trump has no trouble using her government role to promote her brand — or as an excuse to avoid ongoing legal troubles.

Ivanka Trump is very busy and special.
(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Ivanka Trump followed her father to the White House, consistent with Trump family tradition, and both have consistently used their positions for personal gain. Among her most creative abuses of her role — also consistent with Trump family tradition — is her effort to use her White House role to escape legal accountability.

Her latest brush with the law stems from an “Ivanka Trump”-emblazoned shoe suspiciously similar to one designed and manufactured by competitor Aquazzura.

The conflict and subsequent lawsuit began before her government role, meaning Ivanka was still at the helm when her brand ignored a cease-and-desist letter — and when Aquazzura filed suit against her brand in federal court in June 2016.

But now that she’s in the White House, she claims she can’t be involved in subsequent settlement proceedings because “The burden of a deposition of Ms. Trump would far outweigh any likely benefit to Aquazzura.”

Ivanka is, as her refusal noted, a “high ranking government official,” and therefore, she claims, should be exempt from deposition. Never mind, of course, that Ivanka also refused to divest and retains veto power over her brand’s deals.

The judge wasn’t having it. Her reply? Nice try. Aquazzura alleges Ivanka’s personal involvement in the events at issue, the judge noted, which means she cannot avoid a deposition. And if it goes to trial, Ivanka might even have to testify.

This may be the first time Ivanka’s attempt to play the White House as carte blanche has failed. She’s been sidestepping accountability for cruel labor practices in the factories her organization uses for months, hiding behind her lawyer’s claim that she “has been advised that she cannot ask the government to act in an issue involving the brand in any way, constraining her ability to intervene personally.”

And she has ignored even the most heartbreaking pleas. When the wife of one of three activists detained for investigating labor abuses at a Trump-linked factory begged Ivanka to make a public statement to “save the entire family,” she did not speak up.

Ivanka’s silence, and her father’s, was all the more devastating given that, according to the director of China Labor Watch and post-release statements from detainees, they were targeted because “this is Ivanka Trump’s factory.”

This latest evasive maneuver raises even more questions about Ivanka and her “unofficial” role in the White House. According to Ivanka, she tries to avoid politics and can’t influence her father.

That’s quite a riddle: What high-ranking White House role doesn’t involve politics or advising but also makes a deposition an unreasonable burden?

The notable exception to Ivanka’s legal allergy lies with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s influence. Anticipating that her efforts to dodge the special counsel’s crosshairs were destined to fail, Ivanka and husband Jared Kushner rushed to lawyer up in July.

Despite her best efforts, it seems likely Ivanka will be spending a great deal more time with lawyers, and maybe even in court, in the future.


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Rebecca Buckwalter-Poza

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    by on Sep. 23, 2017 at 11:30 PM
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    GaleJ
    by Bronze Member on Sep. 24, 2017 at 7:41 AM
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    Trumps apparently believe they are above the law.
    YoYiggy
    by Bronze Member on Sep. 24, 2017 at 9:13 AM
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    She has absolutely no business being a "high ranking government official" in the first place.
    SeanandNoahsmom
    by Dawn on Sep. 24, 2017 at 9:38 AM
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    While I agree, and believe that Ivanka shamefully thinks she is above the law because of who she is, in this case I wonder if the shoe similarities are accidental. With so many brands out there, I think the styles are similar among them. ( granted I don’t wear stilettos so I’m not much of a judge)

    I find the fact that she ignores inhumane labor practices in the countries that manufacture her brand, to be far more sinister.


    Quoting YoYiggy: She has absolutely no business being a "high ranking government official" in the first place.
    Americanwoman3
    by Bronze Member on Sep. 24, 2017 at 9:45 AM
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    The apple never falls far from the tree
    dustinsmom1
    by JENN on Sep. 24, 2017 at 9:47 AM
    How creative can you truly be w shoes? They are all pretty much alike. Just another ridiculous sat at the trumps. Get lives people.
    dustinsmom1
    by JENN on Sep. 24, 2017 at 9:47 AM
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    How creative can you truly be w shoes? They are all pretty much alike. Just another ridiculous stab at the trumps. Get lives people.
    D-Town
    by Platinum Member on Sep. 24, 2017 at 11:09 AM
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    I doubt it. It's not the first time she's been accused of stealing copyrighted designs. She's had to pull entire lines of shoes and clothing because of design theft. 

    Quoting SeanandNoahsmom: While I agree, and believe that Ivanka shamefully thinks she is above the law because of who she is, in this case I wonder if the shoe similarities are accidental. With so many brands out there, I think the styles are similar among them. ( granted I don’t wear stilettos so I’m not much of a judge) I find the fact that she ignores inhumane labor practices in the countries that manufacture her brand, to be far more sinister.
    Quoting YoYiggy: She has absolutely no business being a "high ranking government official" in the first place.


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    by Ruby Member on Sep. 24, 2017 at 11:57 AM
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    Quoting dustinsmom1: How creative can you truly be w shoes? They are all pretty much alike. Just another ridiculous sat at the trumps. Get lives people.

    Her shoes are pretty much a total copy of the others.  If she can't find creative people to design her shoes and copies other designers out of laziness, she should be held accountable.  She's not above the law. 

    AnotherKim
    by Silver Member on Sep. 24, 2017 at 12:11 PM
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    Entitled bitch!

    AnotherKim
    by Silver Member on Sep. 24, 2017 at 12:13 PM
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    Except that the lawsuit began BEFORE Trump was in office. 

    Quoting dustinsmom1: How creative can you truly be w shoes? They are all pretty much alike. Just another ridiculous sat at the trumps. Get lives people.


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