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Ivanka Trump gave a deposition in a lawsuit accusing the Trump Organization of misusing the president's inauguration funds, and Melania's ex-friend is next
  • Ivanka Trump was deposed by Washington, DC investigators on Tuesday in connection to a lawsuit on alleged misuse of inaugural funds, according to a court filing.
  • The lawsuit in question was filed by the Washington, DC District Attorney's office in January 2020.
  • It alleges that the Presidential Inaugural Committee enriched the Trump Organization by overpaying to use the Trump International Hotel in DC for President Donald Trump's inauguration events in 2017.
  • The committee paid more than $1 million to use the hotel, despite one of the inauguration's event planners warning Ivanka that it was at least twice the market rate.
  • The court filing said investigators are also set to interview Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, a former friend of first lady Melania Trump who helped plan the president's inauguration before getting fired by the White House.
Ivanka Trump's deposition on Tuesday is perhaps a preview of her post-White House life.

The president and his administration await multiple potential lawsuits upon leaving office, and The Times reported Tuesday that the president is exploring the option of giving out preemptive pardons to his eldest children, son-in-law Jared Kushner, and personal attorney Rudy Giuliani.

Republicans are abandoning Trump over his threat to hold defense bill hostage to get back at tech companies
  • Republicans have publicly broken with Trump over his threats to veto the National Defense Authorization Act if it doesn't include changes to protections for tech companies.
  • Lawmakers take pride in passing the NDAA, which funds everything from troop pay raises to new weapons, every year, and Trump's threats to its passage have drawn bipartisan backlash.

Don Jr. eyes a run for NRA chief. It's one more way the Trump family is making big plays to cement itself in GOP conservative politics for the next four years.
  • President Trump and his family are looking to cement their hold on the Republican Party with a series of moves aimed at putting themselves in influential places inside conservative circles.
  • Donald Trump Jr. and his tight-knit team have been pondering taking control of the NRA, Trump advisors told Insider.
  • Jared Kushner has discussed developing a media outlet. Lara Trump is looking at running for Senate in North Carolina. And even Kimberly Guilfoyle could find a home at NewsMax, Trump advisors said.
  • "Politics is now the family business," said one Republican close to the Trump family.
  • But everyone, even Trump's own children, awaits Trump's own decision on a third run for the White House in 2024.
The Republican, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private deliberations, said that the hospitality industry that the Trump family knows well has suffered greatly through the coronavirus pandemic. That's a large reason why several of them are looking toward establishing their brand inside the political arena.

"Their model is not to go build stuff and own it," the Republican said. "Their model is to put their name on something someone else built and hold none of the liability."

Trump is worried that he may be prosecuted in New York after he leaves office
  • In a rambling 46-minute speech on Wednesday, President Donald Trump openly expressed concerns about facing prosecution for state crimes upon leaving office.
  • "Now I hear that these same people that failed to get me in Washington have sent every piece of information to New York, so that they can try to get me there," he said.
  • Trump could pardon himself, but that would only apply to potential federal offenses.
  • The president has lashed out at investigators before, but Wednesday marked a notable departure in how much he revealed about his own fears.
  • "They want to take not me, but us, down," Trump said. "And we can never let them do that."

Trump is reportedly considering pardoning as many as 20 associates before leaving office
  • President Donald Trump is considering pardoning as many as 20 close associates before he leaves office in January, Politico reported on Thursday.
  • They include his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, as well as his three eldest children, as The New York Times previously reported.
  • However, the president is said to be concerned about whether the preemptive pardons could look like a public admission of guilt.
  • Trump and his allies will face a slew of civil and criminal investigations on a federal and state level once he leaves office in January, and the pardon power does not apply to state offenses.

Attorney for Jared Kushner and a Trump fundraiser investigated by DOJ in alleged bribery-for-pardon scheme
  • The US Department of Justice investigated an attorney for Jared Kushner in connection with an alleged bribery-for-pardon scheme, The New York Times reported.
  • As Business Insider reported, a US judge released documents this week showing that federal investigators were concerned about an alleged "bribery conspiracy scheme" to obtain a presidential pardon.
  • According to The Times' reporting, the suspected scheme involved a billionaire real estate developer, Sanford Diller, who sought to secure clemency for a man named Hugh Baras, who had been convicted of tax evasion.

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