The Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., back in 2012, dropped a prolonged fraud case against Ivanka Trump and brother Donald Trump Jr., after receiving a campaign donation of $25,000 from their father’s lawyer, Marc Kasowitz.
Ivanka and Donald Jr. were under investigation in 2010 for misleading investors by inflating sales figures of Trump SoHo, a luxury development, according to ProPublica.
The case dragged on for 2 years, the two looking like they could be indicted for fraud charges.
Suddenly, the DA’s office dropped the charges against the Trumps.
Before the case was dropped, Vance returned the $25,000 to Kasowitz.
However, a few months later, Kasowitz donated $32,000, and another $18,000 raised from lawyers at his firm through a fundraising breakfast he hosted, to Vance’s campaign.
Kasowitz, on why he made the donation to Vance’s campaign, said:
I donated to Cy Vance’s campaign because I was and remain extremely impressed by him as a person of impeccable integrity, as a brilliant lawyer and as a public servant with creative ideas and tremendous ability
According to the LATimes, in a statement released by his spokesperson, Joan Vollero, Vance said:
Contributions have never influenced Cy Vance’s work and [they] never will. Every contribution is vetted through a rigorous process, accepted when appropriate, and returned when flagged.
This was a two-year investigation that never produced sufficient evidence to support a criminal prosecution.
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