New York Attorney General Letitia James has asked a Manhattan judge to hold Donald Trump in contempt of court for failing to provide records that he was ordered to turn over in February as part of her long-running civil probe into the practices of Trump’s family business.
In a statement, AG James said that Trump has ignored New York Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron’s “crystal clear” order that he “comply with our subpoena and turn over relevant documents to my office.” Engoron’s February order also required Trump and two of his adult children to sit for depositions in the civil probe, but that matter is pending before an appellate court.
AG James also asked Judge Engoron to fine Trump $10,000 a day for his continued non-compliance but did not seek to have him jailed. “Instead of obeying a court order, Mr. Trump is trying to evade it. We are seeking the court’s immediate intervention because no one is above the law,” James said on Thursday.
Donald Trump should be fined $10,000 per day for every day that he continues to violate the court’s order to provide these documents to my office.
No one is above the law.
— NY AG James (@NewYorkStateAG) April 7, 2022
In a 26-page motion James’s office filed to Engoron, investigators said Trump ignored the judge’s March 31 deadline to provide documents that were the subject of a subpoena issued in December. Trump “did not comply at all,” the motion says. He instead sent a response “raising objections to each of the eight document requests in the subpoena based on grounds such as overbreadth, burden, and lack of particularity.” The filing cited a response from Trump’s legal team arguing that the Attorney General’s requests were “grossly overbroad, unintelligible, unduly burdensome” and did not “adequately” describe the requested materials.
No wonder Donald Trump is so afraid of NY AG James.
Unlike the Manhattan DA, she's unflinching in her pursuit of justice.
— Grant Stern is boosted! (@grantstern) April 7, 2022
Because the investigation is civil, it can lead to a lawsuit, but no criminal charges. AG James has said in other court papers that her office has obtained evidence showing that the Trump Organization, had engaged in “fraudulent or misleading” practices.
Today, NY AG – Letitia James, asks a judge to hold Donald Trump in contempt of court. This badass is walking proof that more women need to be in charge to get shit done.
— Kyla In The Burgh 🏴☠️🔥 (@KylaInTheBurgh) April 7, 2022