Trump hearing postponed after Ivana's death

Trump hearing postponed after Ivana's death

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A sworn hearing scheduled for Friday of former US President Donald Trump in the New York civil investigation into suspected financial fraud at the Trump Organization has been postponed after the death of his first wife, it said. we learned Friday from a judicial source. 

“Due to the death of Ivana Trump yesterday (Thursday), we received a request from the lawyer of Donald Trump and his children to adjourn the three depositions, which we accepted”, indicated the services of the Attorney General of the State of New York, Letitia James, assuring, without giving a date, that “the depositions will be rescheduled as soon as possible” .

“We offer our condolences to the Trump family,” adds the message, transmitted to AFP.

After a long legal standoff with prosecutor Letitia James, who made this file one of her priorities, the Republican billionaire and two of his children who have responsibilities within the group, Donald Jr and Ivanka , were forced to testify under oath by a New York Supreme Court judge.

Donald Jr and Ivanka are, along with Eric, the three children of Ivana Trump, who died Thursday at 73 years, with Donald Trump.

The hearing of the former president, who openly flirts with a new presidential candidacy of 2024, was scheduled to start on Friday.

The investigation had been launched in March 2019 after the explosive testimony in the United States Congress of one of Donald Trump's former personal lawyers, Michael Cohen, alleging fraudulent evaluations, up or down, of assets within from the Trump Organization, to obtain loans, obtain tax reductions or better insurance compensation.

In January, Letitia James had assured that she had “uncovered significant evidence that suggests that Donald Trump and the Trump Organization have falsely and fraudulently valued a number of assets”, in particular golf courses or the personal triplex of the American billionaire, located in Trump Tower in New York. Suspicions refuted by Donald Trump's lawyers, for whom Letitia James, a Democrat, is leading a political “witch hunt”.

The Attorney General does not have the power to indict Donald Trump but she may initiate civil proceedings and in particular claim financial damages.

The alleged facts are also the subject of an investigation, criminal this time, led by Manhattan prosecutor Alvin Bragg.

< p>In another installment, the Trump Organization and its ex-chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, a loyal supporter of the former president, were charged with tax evasion and pleaded not guilty. The trial in New York is due to begin this year.