Ivanka Trump visited dad Donald before his arrest in New York, report says

Ivanka reportedly went to see her father at Mar-a-Lago three days after he was indicted

Rachel Sharp
Tuesday 04 April 2023 19:52 BST
Trump Jr appears on the verge of tears following father's indictment

Ivanka Trump paid her father Donald a visit two days before he surrendered to authorities to face criminal charges over hush money payments to porn star Stormy Daniels.

The former first daughter went to Mar-a-Lago on Sunday, Page Six reported - three days after a grand jury voted to indict Mr Trump.

It came after Ivanka broke her silence on the criminal indictment to say that she is “pained” for both him and her country.

In a brief statement posted to Instagram on Friday, she wrote: “I love my father and I love my country. Today I am pained for both.

“I appreciate the voices across the political spectrum expressing support and concern.”

On Thursday 30 March, a Manhattan grand jury voted to indict Mr Trump on criminal charges over hush money payments to adult film star Ms Daniels days just before the 2016 presidential election.

The unprecedented indictment makes Mr Trump the first current or former president to ever face criminal charges in the history of the US.

Mr Trump was formally arrested and charged at an arraignment on Tuesday (4 April). He pleaded not guilty to 34 counts.

The indictment is said to have caught Mr Trump off guard after it was announced that the grand jury was taking a weeks-long break from hearing the case.

As soon as the news broke, Mr Trump’s adult sons Eric Trump and Don Trump Jr leaped into action raging against what they described as “third world prosecutorial misconduct”.

“This is third world prosecutorial misconduct,” tweeted Eric. “It is the opportunistic targeting of a political opponent in a campaign year.”

Donald Trump and daughter Ivanka Trump walk to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on 4 January 2020 in Washington, DC
Donald Trump and daughter Ivanka Trump walk to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on 4 January 2020 in Washington, DC (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Don Jr branded it a “weaponization of our Govt against their political enemies” on Twitter before railing against the indictment during a somewhat emotional appearance on his show Triggered with Don Jr that night.

“Let’s be clear, folks, this is like communist-level s***,” he said. “This is stuff that would make Mao, Stalin, Pol Pot, it would make them blush.”

He later shared a tweet from another social media user which sought to claim that his father’s indictment was an attempt to distract from the school shooting which left six victims dead in Nashville earlier this week.

While Don and Eric both raged about the indictment, Ivanka – who worked as a top adviser in Mr Trump’s White House – was silent on the matter for many more hours.

Manhattan prosecutors have been investigating whether Mr Trump falsified the Trump Organization’s business records when his former lawyer and “fixer” Michael Cohen made the payment of $130,0000 to Ms Daniels.

Prosecutors claim that the money was used to silence Ms Daniels about an alleged affair she had with Mr Trump.

Mr Trump has long denied having an affair with the adult film star.

Mr Trump’s former fixer and personal attorney Cohen was convicted of tax evasion, lying to Congress and campaign finance violations related to the payments to Ms Daniels. He was sentenced to three years in prison.

In recent weeks, the probe ramped up with both Cohen and Ms Daniels testifying before the grand jury.

Mr Trump was also invited to testify. Though it was an invite he unsurprisingly turned down, it was a strong sign an indictment was on the way.

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