Donald Trump to pay $110,000 in fines after being held in contempt of court

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

Trump paid the fine on Thursday but must file additional paperwork to have the contempt warrant lifted, the office of New York Attorney General Letitia James said Friday.

A message requesting comment was left with Trump’s attorney on Friday.

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

Conditions for the lifting of contempt

Judge Arthur Engoron voted on May 11 to lift the contempt warrant if Trump pays the fines by Friday and submits affidavits detailing efforts to search for the subpoenaed documents and policies for retaining his and his records. his business is explained.

Engoron also demanded that a company hired by Trump to assist in the search, HaystackID, searched 17 boxes kept in external storage, and that that company report its findings and provide all relevant documents. That process was completed Thursday, James’s office said.

Engoron told Trump to pay the money directly to James’s office and for the attorney general to keep the money in an escrow account, while Trump’s legal team appealed the judge’s original contempt.

Engoron stopped accruing the fine on May 6, when Trump’s attorneys submitted 66 pages of court documents detailing his and his attorneys’ efforts to locate the subpoenaed documents. He warned he could restore it, backdated to May 7, if his conditions were not met.

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

Trump, a Republican, denies the charges. He called James’ research “racist” and a politically motivated “witch hunt.” James is black. Trump’s lawyers have accused her of selective prosecution. Trump is also suing James in federal court in an attempt to shut down her investigation.

Last week, an attorney for James’s office said Friday that the evidence found in the investigation could support legal action against the former president, his company, or both.

The attorney, Andrew Amer, said during a hearing in Trump’s lawsuit against James that “a significant amount of evidence has clearly been gathered that could support the filing of an enforcement lawsuit,” although no final decision has been made on filing an enforcement action. such action. †

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