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 Don Jr. and daughter Ivanka were due to be deposed — a term for extrajudicial questioning under oath — beginning Friday. But New York Attorney General Letitia James’ office said it agreed to postpone them due to Ivana Trump’s death on 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.

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.

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