It’s rather shocking to discover that Ivana Trump, the first wife of ex-President Donald Trump, was actually under FBI counterintelligence scrutiny after she left communist Czechoslovakia and ultimately settled in the United States.
Astonishingly, Bloomberg News managed to get its hands on numerous pages from an FBI file on Ivana Trump, revealing details about the extensive international investigation that spanned from Europe to Canada.
According to the “secret” files, back in 1989, the FBI recommended opening an investigation into Ivana Trump based on data received from a confidential informant. Interestingly, the FBI report noted that these allegations might have originated from the envy of her wealth and fame.
At this point, there’s still much we don’t know about this two-year probe, other than the fact that it involved the FBI’s counterintelligence division and was considered “highly sensitive.”
It’s worth noting that the FBI file reportedly contained minimal information about Donald Trump himself.
The report disclosed that the FBI discovered 900 pages of material on Ivana Trump, and after being sued by Bloomberg News, agreed to release almost 200 pages this week, with the rest to be released next month.
Since Ivana Trump is no longer alive, the bureau can now release this information.
Last July, Donald Trump announced Ivana’s passing in a statement posted on social media, saying, “I am very saddened to inform all of those that loved her, of which there are many, that Ivana Trump has passed away at her home in New York City.”
Ivana, mother to the three eldest Trump children – Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump, and Eric Trump – was born in former Czechoslovakia under communist rule. A gifted athlete, she competed in skiing from the age of six and continued until college, even serving as an alternate for her country’s Olympic team in 1972.
She later immigrated to Canada in the 1970s, working as a ski instructor before beginning her modeling career, which brought her to New York in 1976. It wasn’t long before she met Donald Trump.
Ivana and Donald Trump were married in 1977, but their relationship ended in divorce in 1992. The New York Times reported that Ivana played a “critical part” in helping Donald Trump build his real-estate empire, describing her as extremely hardworking and detail-oriented. She even served as vice president for interior design at the Trump Organization.
In recent years, Ivana and Donald Trump were on good terms, reportedly speaking as often as once a week. She supported him politically and even encouraged his use of Twitter.
Before meeting Donald Trump, Ivana was married to Alfred Winklmayr, a marriage that lasted two years. After her divorce from Trump, she married Riccardo Mazzucchelli in 1995, but they parted ways in 1997.
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