Monday, December 11, 2023

Trump Family’s Depositions in NY Probe to Be Delayed by Ivana’s Death

(Headline USA) Former President Donald Trump and two of his children got their questioning postponed Friday in a New York civil investigation into their business dealings, a delay that follows the death of Trump’s ex-wife Ivana.

The ex-president, son Donald Jr. and daughter Ivanka had been scheduled for depositions—a term for out-of-court questioning under oath—starting as soon as Friday.

But New York Attorney General Letitia James’s office said it had agreed to postpone them because of Ivana Trump’s death, announced Thursday.

“We offer our condolences to the Trump family,” attorney general’s office spokesperson Delaney Kempner said in a statement.

There are no new dates yet for the depositions.

A message was left with the former president’s lawyer. The younger Trumps’ attorney, Alan Futerfas, declined to comment.

Ivana Trump died at her Manhattan home at age 73. She was married to the former president wife from 1977 to 1992, and they had three children together: Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric.

The medical examiner’s office hasn’t released a cause of death. Two people familiar with the matter told the Associated Press that police are investigating whether Ivana Trump fell down the stairs and believe her death was accidental. The people could not discuss the matter publicly and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.

James—who has been on a nonstop fishing expedition after campaigning in 2018 on a promise to target the Trumps—alleges that the ex-president’s company, the Trump Organization, inflated the values of skyscrapers, golf courses and other holdings in order to get loans, insurance and other benefits.

Trump has denied the allegations, saying that it’s common in the real estate industry to seek the best valuations.

Trump’s deposition was looming as he lays the groundwork for a likely 2024 White House run but also faces partisan attacks surrounding his conduct in the 2020 election. There are investigations in Congress into his role in the Jan. 6 Capitol uprising and in Georgia into his efforts to urge its secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, to investigate credible evidence of vote fraud.

Meanwhile, the Manhattan district attorney has been overseeing a criminal inquiry that parallels James’ probe and has dubiously colluded with it at times to try to entrap Trump in a legal conundrum that would force him to incriminate himself.

Adapted from reporting by the Associated Press

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