Ivana Trump, Donald Trump's first wife, was the subject of an FBI counterintelligence inquiry in the early 1990s regarding her immigration between European countries, according to FBI files obtained by Bloomberg News. The inquiry lasted at least two years.
The inquiry, which spanned several countries, instructed legal entities in Canada, Europe, and the United States to look into the circumstances of Ivana Trump's emigration from communist Czechoslovakia to Austria, and eventually to Canada, investigating her relationships with certain individuals whose names have been redacted.
The FBI also investigated the records of her divorce from Donald Trump.
While the mother of Ivanka, Donald Jr., and Eric Trump was not accused of any wrongdoing, she was still subject to a "preliminary inquiry" in files classified as "secret."
The FBI “recommended a preliminary inquiry be opened on Ivana Trump” in 1989, based on a confidential source who gave information about allegations that may or may not have been made out of spite.
“It is unknown if the allegations stem from jealousies of her wealth and fame. Investigation continuing," the document reads, along with redacted contents.
In a file from 1989, the FBI looked into a man connected to Czechoslovakian intelligence who was known to arrange fake marriages. He was believed to have a connection to Trump.
Bloomberg News obtained these records when the FBI confirmed it had located 900 pages in relation to Ivana Trump, after the news outlet filed a Freedom of Information Act request following her death in 2022. The FBI unsuccessfully attempted to hold onto the records, seeking upwards of five years to withhold them. Bloomberg News sued, and finally 190 pages were released, with the remainder scheduled to be revealed in the following weeks.
The government agency also attached a letter to the documents, claiming some of the files had been destroyed, while hundreds of others remain under review. Many of the files were cross-referenced files, defined as "mentions of the subject of [the] request in files for other individuals, organizations, events, or activities.”
Bloomberg says that the FBI redacted a large portion of information from the documents, citing national security concerns, personal privacy, law enforcement techniques, and procedures. The federal bureau said that some of the information, if not redacted, would reveal the identities of confidential informants.
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