On Thursday, the New York Times and USA Today parent company Gannett requested that the New York State Supreme Court unseal records from Donald Trump’s contentious 1990 divorce with Ivana Trump. During one deposition, Ivana reportedly accused Trump of sexual assault. The divorce ended in a settlement agreement, and Ivana has endorsed Donald’s candidacy, denying that he ever assaulted her.
But according to confidential files, obtained by Gawker, from an investigation into Trump in the early ‘90s by the New Jersey Department of Gaming Enforcement, the Manhattan developer invoked his Fifth Amendment rights not to incriminate himself nearly a hundred times during the deposition—a fact which Wayne Barrett also reported in his book, The Deals and the Downfall. Trump apparently took the Fifth mostly in response to questions about his relationships with other women. (Update: Marcus Baram has previously reported on this investigation at Fast Company.)
The records “have become directly relevant to the issues being debated in the hotly contested presidential campaign,” Gannett and the Times argue. “It would be deeply incongruous to American democracy to bar the public from seeing the official court records pertaining directly to the credibility and character of a person they must soon decide whether to elect as their president.”