Former President Donald Trump has paid USD 110,000 in fines after he was abused in court for slowing to respond to a civil subpoena issued by the New York Attorney General.
Trump paid the fine on Thursday but additional documents must be filed to remove the contempt order, Attorney General Letitia James’ office said Friday.
Trump’s attorneys were left with a message seeking comment Friday.
A Manhattan judge pronounced Trump guilty in court on April 25 and fined him USD 10,000 for not following a subpoena in a lengthy investigation into James’ business practices.
If Trump paid the fines on Friday and filed affidavits detailing his efforts to find subpoenaed documents and his and his company’s document retention policies, Judge Arthur Engoran agreed to remove the abuse order on May 11.
The company hired by Trump to assist in the search, Engstran, needed to complete the 17 boxes housed in the HaystackID, off-site collection, and to report its findings and turn over any relevant documents. That process was completed Thursday, the James office said.
Engoran told Trump to pay the money directly to James’ office and put the Attorney General’s money in an escrow account, but Trump’s legal team appeals to the judge’s original rejection.
On May 6, when Trump’s lawyers filed 66 pages of court documents, he and his lawyers stopped trying to track down subpoenaed documents.
He warned it could be reinstated by May 7 if its conditions are not met.
James, a Democrat, says his three-year investigation has uncovered evidence that Trump’s company, the Trump Organization, skyscrapers and golf courses have misrepresented the value of assets for over a decade.
Trump, a Republican, has denied the allegations.
He calls the James investigation a “racist” and politically motivated “witch hunt.” James is black. Trump’s lawyers have accused her of being a selective prosecution. Trump is suing James in federal court, seeking to halt her investigation.
Last week, attorneys for the James office said Friday that the evidence found in the investigation could support prosecution against a former president, his company or two.
Andrew Amer, a lawyer in Trump’s lawsuit against James, said that “substantial evidence supporting the filing of an enforcement process is clearly accumulated,” although a final decision on filing such action has not been made. .