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Ivanka Trump has left her Manhattan apartment ahead of her bombshell testimony in her father's New York fraud trial.
She will take the stand on Wednesday in New York state court in questioning that could make or break Attorney General Letitia James's $250 million suit against her father and brothers.
The 42-year-old is the final witness in the blockbuster case that could sink her family's business empire in the Big Apple.
The former first daughter has repeatedly tried to avoid appearing with her lawyers claiming it would cause 'undue hardship'.
But she will now be grilled by state attorneys just two days after her father's combative testimony where he attacked 'hostile' Judge Arthur Engoron and 'fraud' James.
Hours before she was set to take the strand, Trump praised his 'wonderful, beautiful daughter' and said she was being ordered to appear 'at the direction of Letitia Peekaboo James, the Corrupt and Racist New York State Attorney General, who has allowed Murder and Violent Crime in New York to flourish...
Ivanka Trump has left her Manhattan apartment ahead of her bombshell testimony in her father's New York fraud trial
The former first daughter smiled as she walked out of her apartment on Park Avenue to make the journey to downtown Manhattan
'They are trying to bring Ivanka into the case, despite the Court of Appeals ruling that she cannot be charged. Sad!'
He also tore into the 'Trump hating' and 'clubhouse appointed' Engoroan, who 'viciously ruled against me before the trial even started'.
The former first daughter is testifying under duress after she and her attorney fought the subpoena and took it to the court of appeals.
Her legal team argued that traveling to New York from her Florida home would place 'undue hardship' because the appearance was in the middle of a school week.
But, now, under a judge's order, Ivanka will face questions about her family's business deals and financial statements concerning the value of company assets in its golf and real estate empire.
Her family's ability to keep doing business in New York state is on the line, James seeks $250 million in penalties after the judge already issued a finding of fraud and put some limitations on Trump family business deals in place.
Ivanka is not professionally at risk. Her attorney got her dismissed from James' case. But her relationship with her family could be on the line. She already is rarely seen in public with her father Donald Trump and she has her own legal team separate from Donald, Don Jr and Eric Trump.
Trump himself took the stand on Monday, where he sparred with New York Judge Arthur Engoron and delivered long, campaign-style speeches, which Engoron told him to stop and just answer the questions.
The case is a civil one, not a criminal, meaning the judge will determine the outcome of the case instead of a jury. Engoron already ruled that Trump's financial statements were filled with fraud. This trial is to determine the punishment.
Part of determining that punishment is to look at the intent and determine whether the Trumps deliberately falsified business financial statements to inflate the company's value in order to obtain favorable terms for loans and insurance coverage.
That is where the testimony of Ivanka, Don Jr. and Eric comes into play.
And while Don Jr. and Eric remain part of the Trump Empire, Ivanka Trump has stepped away from the family trade. She and husband Jared Kushner are independently wealthy and not financially dependent on the former president.
In their testimony last week, Ivanka's brothers distanced themselves from the company. The two served as trustees of Trump Org after Donald Trump became president.
Don Jr blamed the accountants who prepared paperwork for him to sign in his role of trustee, saying his signature attesting to the accuracy of the financials was 'not a symbol of yes or no.'
Eric said he was not involved with the preparation of the financial statements and knew 'nothing' about them.
The 42-year-old is the final witness in the case, and will be grilled by state attorneys just two days after her father's