Donald Trump pays $110,000 fine, must submit paperwork to end contempt

Former US President Donald Trump has paid $110,000 in fines after he was detained in contempt of court for being slow to respond to a civil subpoena issued by the New York attorney general.

The attorney general’s office, Letitia James, said Friday that Trump paid the fine Thursday, but he still has to file additional paperwork in order for the contempt order to be lifted.

A letter seeking comment was left on Friday with Trump’s lawyer.

A Manhattan judge declared Trump’s contempt of court on April 25 and fined him $10,000 a day for failing to comply with a subpoena in James’ long investigation into his business practices.

Judge Arthur Engoron agreed on May 11 to lift the contempt order if Trump paid the fines by Friday and filed affidavits detailing his subpoena record search efforts and explaining his and his company’s document retention policies.

Engoron also asked a company Trump hired to help with the search, HaystackID, finish going through 17 chests held in off-site storage, and for that company to report on its findings and turn over any relevant documents. James’s office said that process was completed on Thursday.

Engoron has asked Trump to pay the money directly to James’ office and for the attorney general to keep the money in an escrow account while Trump’s legal team is appealing the judge’s original contempt ruling.

Engoron suspended the fine from accruing on May 6, when Trump’s attorneys filed 66 pages of court documents detailing efforts he and his attorneys made to locate the subpoenaed records.

He warned that it could be returned retroactively until May 7 if his conditions were not met.

James, a Democrat, said her three-year investigation uncovered evidence that Trump’s company, the Trump Organization, miscalculated the value of assets such as skyscrapers and golf courses in financial statements for more than a decade.

Republican Trump denied the allegations.

James’ investigation has been described as a “racist” and politically motivated “witch hunt”. James Black. Trump’s lawyers accused her of selective prosecution. Trump is also suing James in federal court, seeking to shut down her investigation.

Last week, a lawyer from James’ office said Friday that evidence found in the investigation could support legal action against the former president, his company, or both.

The attorney, Andrew Amer, said at a hearing in Trump’s lawsuit against James that “there is clearly a significant amount of evidence collected that could support the filing of an executive lawsuit,” although no final decision has been made on whether to bring such action. . .

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