DC attorney general: Ivanka Trump 'highly misleading' on lawsuit deposition

Washington, D.C., Attorney General Karl Racine said Thursday that Ivanka TrumpIvanka TrumpTrump Jr. was deposed in inauguration funds probe Former Trump officials eye bids for political office The Hill's Morning Report - Disaster politics hobble Cruz, Cuomo MORE's public comments regarding her deposition in an investigation into her father's inauguration were “highly misleading." 

Earlier in the day, the president’s oldest daughter confirmed that she was deposed as part of an investigation into the use of inauguration funds. 

"This week I spent 5+ hours in a deposition with the Democrat D.C. AG’s office where they questioned the rates charged by the Trump Hotel at the inauguration," Trump said in a statement, which she posted to social media. "I shared with them an email from 4 years ago where I sent instructions to the hotel to charge 'a fair market rate.'"


"This ‘inquiry’ is another politically motivated demonstration of vindictiveness & waste of taxpayer dollars," Trump added.

Racine said that he did not agree with Trump's public comments on the matter. 

“With all due respect to Ivanka Trump, what she put out today was highly misleading, and at best, part of the story,” Racine said during an interview with MSNBC’s Rachel MaddowRachel Anne MaddowLeague of Conservation Voters adds racial justice issues to 2020 congressional scorecard Newly released footage shows Schumer's 'near miss' with Capitol rioters Without Trump, late-night 'comedy' becomes even more insufferable MORE.

Trump spoke to investigators as part of a lawsuit that alleges the misuse of the president's 2017 inauguration funds.

In January, Racine sued the Trump Organization and the Presidential Inauguration Committee, alleging that the groups misused more than $1 million in raised funds to “grossly" overpay for event space at the Trump hotel in D.C. during the 2017 inauguration.

Trump shared a screenshot of a single email from Dec. 14, 2016, in which she instructed Mickael Damelincourt, the managing director at Trump International Hotel in Washington, to "call and negotiate. It should be a fair market rate.”


However, Racine told Maddow that Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, a former adviser to first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpJill Biden picks up where she left off The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden navigates pressures from Dems Former first lady launches 'Office of Melania Trump' MORE, expressed concerns about how much the hotel was looking to charge the inauguration committee.

Wolkoff, who was on the inauguration planning team, suggested price caps on the rental fee. Racine shared the email on Twitter, dated Dec. 17, 2016.

Racine told Maddow that the committee paid $175,000 for the space in Trump Hotel, adding that for the Presidential Prayer Breakfast, it cost just $5,000 for the same space.

“$175,000 charged to the inauguration committee, $5,000 charged for another not-for-profit. Doesn’t sound like a ‘fair market rate’ to me.”

The president has reportedly discussed preemptively pardoning Ivanka Trump, Eric TrumpEric TrumpTrump says 'no doubt' Tiger Woods will be back after accident Trump sends well wishes to Tiger Woods after crash Scottish lawmakers want to investigate Trump purchase of golf courses MORE and Donald TrumpDonald TrumpSenators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Democratic fury with GOP explodes in House Georgia secretary of state withholds support for 'reactionary' GOP voting bills MORE Jr. before leaving office to guard against potential legal jeopardy once the Biden administration takes over.

However, a federal pardon would not protect against possible state charges.

Updated at 1:39 p.m.