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06 October 2017, 12:41 | Myrtle Vega
President Donald Trump's two eldest children and Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump
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Neither Ivanka or Trump Jr. have offered a comment on the new details of the 2012 investigation.
"The idea for me that I would make a case decision for $5,000, or $50,000 or $100,000, is ludicrous, because it's so much more important for me to have the work of this office be perceived as fair and unbiased and not for sale", Vance said.
Then, three months after meeting with Kasowitz, Vance overruled his prosecutors and told his office to drop the investigation. But according to a sworn affidavit by a Trump partner filed with the NY attorney general's office, Ivanka was outright lying: "by March of 2010, nearly two years after the press conference, only 15.8 percent of units had been sold", ProPublica writes-barely cracking the 15-percent the project needed to stay afloat. Vance returned those donations before meeting with Kasowitz.
Vance, who is running unopposed for reelection this November, defended his decision to drop the case in an interview with WNYC reporters.
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The evidence accumulated by Vance's team included emails in which the Trump siblings discussed how to coordinate misleading information they would provide to people interested in their condo units, according to the report. He now says he intends to give back the additional money from Kasowitz. In another, according to a person who read the emails, they anxious that a reporter might be onto them.
In response, the Trump Organization hired several top NY criminal-defense lawyers to represent Donald, Jr., and Ivanka. Court documents filed in March 2010 revealed that the Trumps had only sold 15.8 percent of the property's units two years after Ivanka's statement. "They knew it was wrong".
These attorneys met with prosecutors and conceded that their clients had made exaggerated claims, but argued that the overstatements didn't amount to criminal misconduct. Some buyers who felt misled sued the Trump Organization and others involved in the project in NY federal court in 2010.
Under the settlement, in November 2011, Trump and his co-defendants agreed to refund 90 percent of $3.16 million in deposits to the buyers, while admitting no wrongdoing.
In 2014, the Trump SoHo went into foreclosure in 2014 and was taken over by a creditor, the New Yorker said.
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