Members of the Trump family have been drawn into the civil lawsuit facing former President Donald Trump.
His daughter, Ivanka Trump, was set to testify in the ongoing trial, but recently requested a delay, citing a "hardship" it would cause to be in a courtroom during a school week.
According to the Washington Examiner, unfortunately, Ivanka Trump lost her bid to delay her testimony thanks to a recent ruling by a higher court.
The Examiner noted:
New York Judge Arthur Engoron had previously ordered her to testify, which she tried to block until a New York appellate court could hear her appeal. The appeal also sought to pause the entire trial against her father and family's business.
So far, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump have both testified in the trial, with the former president expected to testify in the coming week. All of Trump's oldest children have had executive roles within the Trump Organization.
BREAKING: In case you missed this late last night while in bed, a higher court denied an appeal from Ivanka Trump to block a judge’s order for her to testify in her father’s civil fraud trial next week. The first department (the Appellate Division) denied the motion for a stay in… pic.twitter.com/0ZQzcsHqLA
— Simon Ateba (@simonateba) November 3, 2023
The Examiner added:
They were all originally defendants in the case, but Ivanka Trump successfully had her name dropped from it after arguing relevant statutes of limitations had lapsed. Still, she is poised to testify in the trial next week after Thursday night's decision.
Not surprisingly, critics of Ivanka Trump and the Trump family were quick to mock the former first daughter for her "undue hardship" argument as to why she wanted to delay testimony.
Many anti-Trumpers repeated the same line, telling Ivanka she should "get a babysitter."
— Katie Phang (@KatiePhang) November 3, 2023
For his part, Donald Trump has long claimed that the New York attorney general's case against him is nothing more than a political witch hunt.
He has also denied any wrongdoing in the case, remaining steadfast that he and his family have not broken the law.
In addition to the civil suit, the former president currently faces four indictments, all of which he claims are nothing more than a political weaponization of the justice system to hamstring his 2024 presidential campaign.
Trump continues to dominate GOP primary polling and fundraising efforts, and is the clear frontrunner for the nomination next year.