POLITICS | Ivanka Trump Questioned Under Oath In Lawsuit Over Use Of Inauguration Funds

NEW YORK – – Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter and adviser, was questioned under oath this week as part of a civil lawsuit alleging misuse of nonprofit funds for Donald Trump’s inauguration four years ago. 

District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine’s office disclosed in a court filing on Tuesday that the deposition had taken place that day.

In a January 2020 lawsuit, Racine claimed Donald Trump’s real state business and other entities misused nonprofit funds to enrich the Trump family.

According to the suit, a tax-exempt nonprofit corporation called the 58TH Presidential Inaugural Committee coordinate with the Trump family to grossly overpay for event space in the Trump International Hotel in Washington.

Racine’s lawsuit alleged that in one case, the nonprofit paid more than $300,000 to hold a private reception at the Trump hotel for the president’s three oldest children – Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric – on the inauguration evening of Jan. 20, 2017.

‘District law requires nonprofits to use their funds for their stated public purpose, not to benefit private individuals or companies’, Racine said earlier this year.

His lawsuit seek to recover the $1 million that was allegedly funneled directly to the Trump family business. 

A White House spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The inaugural committee has said its finances were independently audited, and that all money was spent lawfully.

Although campaign finance laws restrict the size of campaign contributions, inauguration committees can accept unlimited donation, including from corporations. The $107 million raised by Trump’s inaugural committee, chaired by real estate developer and investor Thomas Barrack, was the largest in history, according to Federal Election Commission filings.

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LONDON – Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Energy Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman said users switching from gas to oil could account for demand of 500,000 – 600,000 barrels per day (bpd), adding that the world was now waking up to shortages in the energy sector. Prince Andulaziz said the potential switch depended on how severe winter … More Saudi Energy Minister Sees Demand From Gas – To – Oil Switch At Up To 600,000 BPD

Riyadh Winter Wonderland Back In Saudi Arabia, 40 Pct Larger Than Previous Season

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Saudi Arabia Advises Citizens Not To Travel To Lebanon – Ministry

PARIS, France – Saudi Arabia has advised its citizens not to travel to Lebanon in light of the latest security events, the foreign ministry wrote on Twitter on Sunday. Lebanon remains on  a Saudi travel list where obtaining prior permission to visit is required. On Thursday, seven people were killed in violence in Beirut  as crowd … More Saudi Arabia Advises Citizens Not To Travel To Lebanon – Ministry

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Launches Strategic Offices For Al – Baha, Al – Jouf, Jazan

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced on Sunday the launch of the strategic offices for the development of al – Baha, al – Jouf, and Jazan regions. According to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), these offices aim to capitalize on the unique competitive advantages each of the three regions … More Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Launches Strategic Offices For Al – Baha, Al – Jouf, Jazan

Saudi Arabia Allows Full Capacity At Sports Stadiums, Facilities

PARIS, France – Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Sports announced that vaccinated visitors will be allowed into all sports stadium and facilities as they operate at full capacity, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported Sunday. Visitor entry will be limited to those who are  fully vaccinated against COVID – 19, as per Kingdom’s rules, the … More Saudi Arabia Allows Full Capacity At Sports Stadiums, Facilities

Saudi Arabia Allows Capacity At Mecca’s Grand Mosque As COVID – 19 Rules Eased

PARIS, France – The Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia operated at full capacity on Sunday, with worshippers praying shoulder – to – shoulder for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began. This comes after Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry approved easing the country’s strict COVID – 19 precautionary … More Saudi Arabia Allows Capacity At Mecca’s Grand Mosque As COVID – 19 Rules Eased

Qatar Emir Appoints Two Women To Advisory Council After Men Sweep Polls

DOHA – Qatar’s emir named two women among his new appointment to the Gulf state’s advisory Shura Council on Thursday, after partial elections held for the first time earlier this month saw not one of the more than 20 women candidates a seat. In what was Qatar’s first legislative election, candidates competed for 30 of … More Qatar Emir Appoints Two Women To Advisory Council After Men Sweep Polls

UAE Oil Minister Says Energy Demand Peaking, Important To Maintain Market Balance

PARIS, France – Demand for energy and especially natural gas is peaking, the oil minister of the United Arab Emirates said on Thursday, adding that it was important to maintain balance in the market. The minister, who was speaking on the sidelines of an energy forum in Moscow, also said that the United Arab Emirates … More UAE Oil Minister Says Energy Demand Peaking, Important To Maintain Market Balance

Saudi Arabia To Ask Foreign Energy Companies To Up Domestic Input To 70% – Sources

LONDON – Saudi Arabia will require foreign firms working in the energy sector, including petrochemicals and water desalination, to boost local input to at least 70% in order to secure government contracts, three sources familiar with the matter said. Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman discussed the plan to increase domestic input with local and … More Saudi Arabia To Ask Foreign Energy Companies To Up Domestic Input To 70% – Sources

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