Trump testimony, 2 children delayed after Ivana’s death

NEW YORK – Former President Donald Trump and two of his children had their questioning postponed Friday as part of a civil investigation in New York into their business dealings, a delay that follows the death of the ex-wife of Trump, Ivana.

The ex-president, his son Donald Jr. and his daughter Ivanka were due to be deposed — a term for extrajudicial questioning under oath — beginning Friday. But the office of New York Attorney General Letitia James said it agreed to postpone them due to the death of Ivana Trump, it announced Thursday.

“We extend our condolences to the Trump family,” spokesperson for the Attorney General’s Office Delaney Kempner said in a statement.

There are no new dates for depositions yet.

A message was left for the former president’s lawyer. Young Trump’s attorney, Alan Futerfas, declined to comment.

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

The medical examiner’s office said Friday it ruled Ivana Trump’s death an accident, caused by blunt force injuries to her torso.

Two people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press on Thursday that police are investigating whether she fell down the stairs. The people were unable to discuss the issue publicly and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.

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 denied the allegations, saying it is common in the real estate industry to seek out the best appraisals. The Republican dismissed the investigation as part of a politically motivated “witch hunt” led 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.

Associated Press writer Michael Balsamo contributed to this report.

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