Businesswoman and skier Ivana Trump died tragically in July. Since her death, the F.B.I, revealed they’d investigated the ex-wife of former President Donald Trump and kept nearly 1,000 “secret” pages of documents.
The F.B.I. released 190 pages of files on Ivana Trump this week following a Freedom of Information Act request by Bloomberg News.
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In the 90s, Ivana Trump reportedly faced a counterintelligence inquiry from the F.B.I. amid allegations about her entanglements in communist Czechoslovakia, her place of birth.
Specifically, she found herself under scrutiny due to her associations with certain individuals abroad. Ivana Trump met the final president of Czechoslovakia and even received his autograph, according to a “highly confidential and reliable source” cited by the feds.
According to an excerpt from the files, the F.B.I. cited a confidential source to recommend “a preliminary inquiry be opened on Ivana Trump.”
“It is unknown if the allegations stem from jealousies of her wealth and fame. Investigation continuing,” the agency continued, before redacting the contents of its investigation.
According to Bloomberg’s review, the F.B.I. investigated Ivana Trump for about two years.
The agency did not accuse her of any wrongdoing. The FBI has launched numerous investigations into tens of thousands of people.
Born behind the Iron Curtain in 1949, Trump became an Austrian citizen in 1971 after her marriage to ski instructor Alfred Winklmayr. She moved to Canada later in the decade before her 1977 marriage to Donald Trump in the U.S.
Given Ivana Trump’s extensive time abroad, the F.B.I. reportedly spanned its inquiry across several countries. The U.S. even reached out to legal contacts in Canada and the European Union.
The F.B.I. reportedly redacted several names from the files, presumably to preserve national security and to protect the privacy of still-living individuals.
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Trump remains best known as the mother to former President Donald Trump’s three oldest children. She died last year after a fall, causing her privacy rights to disappear and opening herself to a Freedom of Information Act request.
The agency reportedly mentioned Donald Trump only once across the 190 pages. Namely, it reportedly included Time magazine’s 1989 piece about the Trump family.
It also told Bloomberg that it would release around 700 additional pages of material next month.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.