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New York attorney general calls on Trump to outrage for refusing to produce documents


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New York Attorney General Letitia James’ office has filed a motion for the court to find former President Donald Trump guilty of contempt for failing to obey an order to comply with a subpoena.

The motion, filed Thursday in New York Supreme Court in Manhattan, states that “Mr. Trump has not complied at all” with the request for a subpoena for documents and information requested by James’ office before March 31 deadline.

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“The judge’s order was crystal clear: Donald J. Trump must comply with our subpoena and deliver relevant documents to my office,” James said in a statement. “Instead of obeying a court order, Mr. Trump is trying to evade it. We seek immediate court action because no one is above the law.”

Former President Donald Trump speaks at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, NJ on Wednesday, July 7, 2021.
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The documents requested include financial disclosure statements and related documents, records relating to the valuation of assets listed in those statements, documents related to insurance policies, and tax documents, including any IRS records that audits it.

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James, a Democrat, has spent more than two years researching whether the Trump Organization has deceived banks or tax authorities about the value of assets – inflating them to obtain favorable loan terms or understating them to reap savings of tax.

New York attorney general calls on Trump to outrage for refusing to produce documents

New York Attorney General Letitia James speaks during a press conference in her office in New York on Friday, May 21, 2021.
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The attorney general’s office says that instead of handing over the requested documents, Trump filed objections to the subpoena requests, while claiming the documents either don’t exist or are in the possession of the Trump Organization, which has need time to produce them.

“The order of this Court was not an opening offer for negotiation or an invitation to a new round of challenges to the subpoena,” James’ office said in a court filing. “Rather, it was a court order issued after a full briefing and argument during which Mr. Trump could have, but did not raise, any of the purported objections or assertions he has now raised. “

On March 22, Trump’s attorney, Amy Carlin, sent a letter to the court stating, among other things, that the Trump Organization intended to comply with James’ request and return the documents by April 15. On March 28, Judge Arthur Engoron issued an order for them. to do so on that date, with both sides scheduled to appear for a conference on April 25.

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Fox News contacted Carlin to comment on the attorney general’s motion, but she did not immediately respond.

The attorney general’s office is now asking the court to impose fines of $10,000 for each day that passes until Trump hands over all of the requested documents, in addition to the costs and fees James’ office spent on file the request.

Fox News’ Danielle Wallace and Marta Dhanis contributed to this report.

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