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[WATCH] Trump Is No Longer In Contempt of Court in NY, Will Sit For July 15th Deposition

[WATCH] Trump Is No Longer In Contempt of Court in NY, Will Sit For July 15th Deposition

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.

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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 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.”

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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 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.

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