Former President Donald Trump received the great news that he is no longer in contempt of court. New York State Attorney General Letitia James subpoenaed Trump as a part of her ongoing probe into the Trump Organization.
Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron lifted the contempt order he placed on Trump on April 25. Trump still had to pay $110,000 to James’ office for failing to comply with the subpoena.
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Engoron ruled Wednesday that Trump and his attorneys met the conditions required to lift the sanction.
Trump missed the deadline of March 31 to meet the terms of the subpoena and was charged $10,000 per day on April 26.
“Although we are pleased that the court has lifted the contempt finding, we maintain that it was wholly unwarranted and improper in the first place,” Alina Habba, an attorney for Trump, said. “We will push ahead with our appeal to secure justice for our client.”
Andrew Amer, an attorney in James’ office said: “We have every expectation that Trump will be examined under oath next month and will advise the Court promptly if new information regarding Respondent’s documents is gleaned from that testimony,” before adding he is still concerned about “the apparent absence in the productions of documents one would expect to see from Mr. Trump relating to his Statements of Financial Condition.”
The New York Post reported:
He stopped the meter in early May, when Trump’s lawyers submitted 66 pages detailing their efforts to find and turn over the subpoenaed documents, including records of his annual financial statements, development projects, and even communications with Forbes magazine.
James’ office is holding the money collected by the court in an escrow account while Trump’s legal team appeals the judge’s original contempt finding.
The Democratic AG launched her probe into the former president’s business dealings in 2019 after former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen told Congress his longtime boss had exaggerated the value of the Trump Organization for loan, insurance, and tax purposes.
Trump and his children, Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr. are scheduled to testify under oath as part of James’ investigation on July 15, after New York’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, knocked down their final attempt to block the testimony.
State Attorney General Letitia James said she subpoenaed Deutsche Bank and Investors Bank back in March. She subpoenaed them for records involving President Trump’s failed bid to buy the Buffalo Bills and various other business dealings involving the Trump Organization.
According to the New York Post, “the Deutsche Bank subpoena seeks loan applications, mortgages, lines of credit and other records of financial transactions in connection to the Trump International Hotel in Washington, the Trump National Doral in South Florida and the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago, the New York Times reported on Monday evening.”
James lobbied legislators in Albany to loosen the double jeopardy “loophole” that prohibits state prosecutors from bringing similar charges against people pardoned from federal charges.
“We do have an agreement in both houses, we anticipate that the bill we be passed in a couple weeks.”