July 15 – Former President Donald Trump’s testimony in the New York attorney general’s civil investigation into his business practices will not proceed as planned over the death of his ex-wife Ivana, the attorney general’s office said on Friday.
According to the plan, Trump’s daughter Ivanka and son Donald Jr. will also not be questioned under oath. The attorney general’s office said it received a request from a lawyer for Trump to delay the depositions in light of the deaths of Ivanka and Donald Jr.’s mother.
A court-ordered deal on June 8 called for all three to appear to testify between July 15 and 22 and reported that depositions, which will not be public, were set for next week.
Trump has spent months trying to avoid being questioned in the investigation.
“This is a temporary delay and the depositions will be rescheduled as soon as possible,” the New York attorney general said in a statement.
In January, New York Attorney General Letitia James said her investigation had uncovered significant evidence that the Trump Organization, which manages hotels, golf courses, and other properties, inflated asset values to get favorable loans and understated values to get tax breaks.
A lawyer for Trump did not immediately respond to a request for comment, and a lawyer for Trump’s adult children declined to comment.
Trump, a Republican, has denied wrongdoing and called the investigation politically motivated. James is a Democrat.