Donald Trump is no longer in contempt of court, a New York judge ruled Wednesday.
Judge Arthur Engoron, who declared Trump in contempt on April 25th for being slow to respond to a civil subpoena issued by New York’s attorney general, said he has now met the conditions required to lift the sanction following a drawn-out legal battle.
Last month, Trump paid the $110,000 in fines he racked up as a result of the contempt finding. The money was paid directly to Attorney General Letitia James’ office, as ordered, and will continue to be held in an escrow account while Trump appeals the original contempt finding, Engoron said Wednesday. The attorney general had asked Engoron to find Trump in contempt of court after he failed to produce any documents to satisfy a March 31st deadline to meet the terms of her subpoena. Engoron fined Trump $10,000 per day for not complying but stopped the fine from accruing in early May, when it appeared a resolution to the dispute was near.
Trump now owes at least $50,000 in fines after a judge shot down his attempt to drop his contempt charge. Have a nice Saturday! Legal AF starts at 8pm ET sharp.
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Trump and his two oldest children, Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr., are scheduled to testify under oath in James’ investigation starting July 15th after the state’s highest court rejected his last-ditch attempt to avoid a subpoena. “Although we are pleased that the court has lifted the contempt finding, we maintain that it was wholly unwarranted and improper in the first place,” Trump lawyer Alina Habba said. “We will push ahead with our appeal to secure justice for our client.”
Former President Donald Trump has been held in civil contempt for failing to turn over documents in New York Attorney General Letitia James’ civil fraud investigation.
Trump must pay $10,000 for every day he refuses to turn over documents to James’ office. pic.twitter.com/H9GOrLbxYv
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AG James has said her three-year investigation uncovered evidence that Trump’s company, the Trump Organization, misstated the value of assets like skyscrapers and golf courses on financial statements for over a decade. Trump’s lawyers contend James is using her civil investigation to gain access to information that could then be used against him in a parallel criminal investigation being conducted by the Manhattan District Attorney, Alvin Bragg.
A New York Supreme Court judge lifted a civil contempt order against former President Donald Trump on Wednesday, according to multiple reports, which stemmed from the ex-president’s refusal to comply with a state investigation into potential fraud by the Trump Organization. pic.twitter.com/85lFUFRZbv
— Forbes (@Forbes) June 30, 2022
A federal judge last month dismissed a lawsuit Trump brought against James, rejecting his claim that she targeted him out of political animus and allowing her civil investigation into his business practices to continue.