Donald Trump faces a contempt hearing on Monday morning, after failing to comply with a subpoena from the New York Attorney General’s office. This follows months of efforts to force Trump and his family members to lawfully respond.
ABC7 reported in January that AG Letitia James was fighting to obtain the compliance of Trump and his family members with a subpoena in the matter of his alleged illegal financial and business dealings, in which he’s accused of falsifying the value of real estate assets in order to receive loans, tax breaks, and other benefits.
Since then, Trump has reportedly continued to refuse to turn over the required documents, and earlier this month James announced that she had filed a motion to hold him in contempt of court, adding that she believed he should face a hefty fine for every day that he failed to comply.
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
According to CNBC, Trump has asked the court to reject the motion, claiming that he has complied with the subpoena by responding that he doesn’t have any of the requested documents. His attorney, Alina Habba, in fact, filed a response stating that the documents are held not by Trump but by the Trump Organization:
“After conducting a diligent search and review, Respondent’s counsel determined that Respondent was not in possession of any documents responsive to the Subpoena and that all potentially responsive documents were in the possession, custody or control of the Trump Organization.”
Now Trump — or at least, his counsel — will have his day in court, as Alternet reports that a date has been set for the hearing, and it’s in the very near future: Monday morning.
James responded to Trump’s argument that he isn’t in possession of the documents, saying that he cannot evade a legal subpoena by passing the buck to his company, and that he’s also failed to give access to the contents of three mobile devices in his possession as ordered.
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