Donald Trump isn’t tired of winning — possibly because he hasn’t done much of it. Once again, a court rules against him, this time in the case brought by New York Attorney General Letitia James, over his continued refusal to comply with a court order to hand over documents that would be used as evidence for allegations of illegal financial practices.
As previously reported, Trump tried to dodge the subpoena, claiming that he had complied by responding that he didn’t have the documents requested. They were, he asserted, not in his possession, but in that of the Trump Organization, although the subpoena also named multiple devices in Trump’s personal possession.
According to Law&Crime, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron wasn’t having it, telling Trump, “I know you take your business seriously, and I take mine seriously.”
The former president, no longer able to rely on the protection of his office, was ordered to comply with the subpoena and provide the documents and the device imaging required, and to pay a fine in the amount of $10k per day until he does so.
Attorney Alina Habba argued on Trump’s behalf that he does not send text messages or emails, and was asked in return why, then, this wasn’t demonstrated with a phone imaging, instead of Trump’s word.
The former president has used this excuse before, as Business Insider reports, claiming in a 2007 deposition that he did not use email. In 2013, however, he said that he had begun to email, claiming that he did so only rarely.
CNET also reported in 2016 that the then-candidate claimed not to use a cell phone, although he tweeted from at least two different devices, refused to stop using his personal cell phone as president, and has been seen using the devices throughout his presidency.
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