The New York attorney general’s ongoing investigation into their company no longer requires Donald Trump and two of his adult children to testify on Friday. In making this decision, the attorney general of New York cited the passing of Ivana Trump on Thursday.
A representative for the attorney general’s office made it clear in a statement posted Friday morning, according to CNBC, that it “is only a short-term hiccup, and the depositions will be rescheduled as soon as practical. At this time, it is not possible to disclose any other details, including dates.”
Ivana Trump passed away on Thursday at 73 years old in her residence in New York City.
Between 1977 and 1992, during which time she was married to the former president, they had three children together: Donald Jr., Ivanka, and Eric. After their highly publicized divorce, she had two subsequent marriages, but no further children.
Letitia James, the attorney general of New York, is looking into whether the Trump Organization overstated the value of its assets on annual financial statements, tax returns, and other papers to gain loans, insurance coverage, and other financial and tax advantages.
The former president’s adult children, who had been subpoenaed in December, had earlier urged a judge to halt what they termed an “extraordinary and unconstitutional” bid for their testimony. The family has claimed that the investigation has no foundation.
According to James’ office, there is proof that Trump used “fraudulent or deceptive asset appraisals” to get loans, insurance, and tax breaks. The attorney general’s office stated that “each of the people was personally involved in one or more transactions under scrutiny.”
After resisting prior requests for them to testify, attorneys for the New York attorney general’s office planned to interrogate Donald, Donald Jr., and Ivanka under oath on Friday.
In a document submitted at the time, they were ordered to “present for testimony commencing Friday, July 15, 2022, and concluding by the following week, absent a stay obtained by the New York Court of Appeals.” The court had already reiterated that they must give testimony.
Eric, the middle son of President Trump and executive vice president of the Trump Organization, testified in 2020 after being summoned earlier. Ivana, Donald’s first wife, and an entrepreneur and fashion designer, passed away suddenly on Thursday.
Authorities responded to a 911 call at Trump’s Upper East Side residence at about 12:40 p.m., when she was discovered alone and lifeless on a stairway, the NYPD confirmed to PEOPLE.
Announcing her passing, the former president referred to her as a “lovely, beautiful, and remarkable woman, who led a tremendous inspirational life” in a statement on his social media platform Truth Social.
Her three children were “her pride and pleasure,” President Trump wrote in a post mourning her passing. “We were all very proud of her, and she was so proud of them. Ivana, have peace.”
Her adult children recalled her in a similar way in their own tributes, with Eric calling her “a remarkable woman – a force in business, a world-class athlete, a radiant beauty, and compassionate mother and friend.”
Ivanka, 40, captioned a photo carousel, “I’m devastated by my mother’s passing. Mom was intelligent, endearing, ardent, and wickedly humorous. Every action she took reflected her strength, tenacity, and will. She always embraced the chance to laugh and dance, living life to the fullest.”