“In light of the passing of Ivana Trump yesterday, we have received a request from the attorney for Donald Trump and his children to adjourn all three depositions, which we have agreed to,” Letitia James’ office said in a statement. communicated. “This is a temporary delay, and depositions will be rescheduled as soon as possible. There is no further information on dates or otherwise to be provided at this time. We offer our condolences to the Trump family.”
The ex-president, his son Don Jr. and daughter Ivanka were due to be deposed — a term for out-of-court questioning under oath — beginning Friday.
James alleges the former president’s company, the Trump Organization, inflated the value of skyscrapers, golf courses and other assets in order to obtain loans, insurance and other benefits.
Trump has denied the allegations, saying it’s common in the real estate industry to seek out the best appraisals, and he dismissed the investigation as part of a politically motivated “witch hunt” by Democrats such as James.
Trump’s testimony loomed as he lays the groundwork for a likely White House race in 2024, but also faces increasing scrutiny over his conduct in the 2020 election. inquiries in Congress about his role in the January 6 Capitol insurrection and in Georgia about his efforts to undo his loss.
During this time, the Manhattan District Attorney oversaw a criminal investigation parallel to James’s investigation.
Ivana Trump died Thursday afternoon in her Manhattan apartment at the age of 73.
Police responded to a call for a person in cardiac arrest at 10 East 64th Street on the Upper East Side at 12:40 p.m., and law enforcement sources said Ivana Trump was found unconscious and unresponsive at the bottom of ‘a stair.
Police are investigating whether she fell and, if so, whether the fall contributed in any way to her death, the sources said.
The New York City Medical Examiner’s Office will investigate to determine the cause and manner of death.
The Trump family released a statement confirming his death.
“It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, Ivana Trump,” it read. “Our mother was an incredible woman – a force in business, a world-class athlete, a radiant beauty and a caring mother and friend. Ivana Trump was a survivor. She fled communism and embraced this country. She has taught her children courage and tenacity, compassion and determination.She will be sadly missed by her mother, her three children and her ten grandchildren.
Ivana Trump married Donald Trump in 1977, and although she sometimes seemed to overshadow her famous husband, she was largely one half of the power couple of the 1980s, serving alongside him in the Trump Organization as a deputy. president of interior design.
She also managed the Plaza Hotel, one of the family’s top properties.
Their troubled marriage and divorce became a matter of worldwide public interest, when Donald Trump’s affair with Marla Maples became public knowledge and their separation was finalized in 1992.
Her divorce made her the heroine of rejected women around the world, which earned her an appearance in the 1996 film “The First Wives Club”, where she told the characters, “Don’t get mad, get everything.”
Ivana Trump was married four times, once before Donald and twice after.
After the divorce, she developed her own lines of clothing, jewelry and beauty products.
She was the author of several books, the latest titled “Raising Trump”, and also wrote an advice column.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report)
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