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New York AG asks court to hold Donald Trump in contempt


In February, State Judge Arthur Engoron ordered Trump to “fully comply” with the attorney general’s subpoena requesting documents and information. Engoron also ruled that Trump, Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump must comply with the attorney general’s subpoenas, but the Trumps are appealing that decision.

In a motion filed Thursday, the attorney general’s office said Trump “did not comply at all” with the subpoena and his attorneys said he would not produce “any” documents in response to the subpoena. subpoena because his lawyers believe that if the documents exist, the Trump Organization will have them and the Attorney General’s office “will only have to wait until the Trump Organization is finished producing to get them.”

According to new documents, his office had agreed to extend the early March deadline for documents until March 31. But rather than produce the documents that day, Trump filed 16 objections to the subpoena requests.

Trump’s attorneys also presented the Attorney General’s office with an affidavit from a Trump lawyer claiming the former president was unable to locate the documents and to the extent the documents existed, they were in custody. of the Trump Organization, which faces a separate subpoena deadline.

James argued Thursday that the response from Trump’s lawyers amounted to “more delay and obfuscation,” saying his objections came too late. She said Trump was “very likely to have been in the possession, custody or control of numerous documents” relating to his investigation and that he did not sufficiently detail the efforts he undertook to search for them. documents subpoenaed.

“Mr. Trump should now be found in civil contempt and fined an amount sufficient to compel him to comply with the Court’s order and indemnify the OAG for its fees and costs associated with this motion.” , indicates the folder.

James asks the court to impose a fine of $10,000 a day, or such other amount as the court deems “sufficient to compel him to comply with the Court’s February 2022 order”, as well as compensation for the costs and fees of the Attorney General’s office when filing the complaint. movement.

A lawyer for Trump said in a statement Thursday that “we are prepared to categorically oppose the frivolous and baseless motion filed today by the Attorney General’s office.”

“Our client has consistently respected the many discovery requests served by the Attorney General’s office over the years,” said attorney, Alina Habba.

James has previously said his office found multiple misleading or fraudulent inaccuracies and omissions in the Trump Organization’s financial statements, which were provided to lenders and insurers, among others, as part of its investigation.

In addition to the civil investigation launched by James, the Trump Organization is also facing a criminal investigation by the Manhattan District Attorney. Public unrest has surrounded District Attorney Alvin Bragg Jr.’s investigation, which he inherited from his predecessor, Cyrus Vance, after the high-profile departures of two senior prosecutors.

Bragg told CNN in an interview Thursday that his office’s investigation is “very much in progress” and that prosecutors are reviewing new evidence.

This story has been updated with additional details.

Cnn

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