Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump Jr. were nearly indicted over fraud accusations

As The New York Times reported past year, the two Trump siblings had been quoted in 2008 and 2009 as saying that about 6 in 10 units had been sold, when the true percentage was about a third of that figure-one of several misleading statements that led a group of unhappy buyers to sue in 2010.

A source familiar with the investigation disclosed that email correspondence between Ivanka, Trump Jr. and other member of the Trump Organization indicated that they "intentionally inflated the numbers to make more sales".

Following the Politico report, Kushner and Ivanka Trump re-routed their personal email accounts to computers run by the Trump Organization, according to USA Today.

Trump and Kushner have three private email accounts that they've been using to conduct White House business, according to a report by Politico last week and confirmed by Kushner's lawyer.

The development in question is the Trump Organization's luxury "Trump SoHo" condo project, which Ivanka and Don Jr. had leading roles in promoting in the mid-2000s.

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.

But after a personal appeal from Trump's lawyer Marc Kasowitz to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., the case was dropped.

Kasowitz came up with a really smart idea - donate to the reelection campaign of the DA investigating the Trump children and the case goes away. Vance said he now plans to return that money as well.

"I don't want the money to be a millstone around anybody's neck, including the office's", said Vance, who is up for re-election this fall but is unopposed.

"Recent press investigations highlight severe credibility issues with Ivanka Trump, a White House official, close advisor, and daughter to the President", the lawmakers wrote in the letter, according to The Hill. None of the investigators on the case reportedly were present.

Long before Hillary Clinton's private email server became one of the most talked about aspects of the 2016 presidential election, the Trump family was entrenched in its own email controversy, in part thanks to digital correspondence between Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr.

"I did not at the time believe beyond a reasonable doubt that a crime had been committed", Vance told ProPublica.

After being confronted with this information, Vance pledged to ProPublica to return this contribution as well. "I had to make a call and I made the call, and I think I made the right call".

Kasowitz stated "I have never made a contribution to anyone's campaign, including Cy Vance's, as a "quid-pro-quo" for anything".

A spokeswoman for Vance's office emphasized this reversal in a statement to Gothamist.

"This was a two-year investigation that never produced sufficient evidence to support a criminal prosecution", said Joan Vollero, Vance's director of communications.

In an unfortunate bit of foreshadowing, the Trumps peddled "alternative facts" about the flailing Trump Soho in an attempt to woo new buyers after the property was unveiled with great fanfare on The Apprentice in 2006. "No outside attorney influenced any decision in this matter".


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