NEW YORK – Former President Donald Trump paid $ 110,000 in fines after he was arrested for contempt of court for slowly responding to a civil summons issued by the Attorney General of New York.
Trump paid the fine Thursday but must file additional documents to overturn the contempt order, Office of Attorney General Leticia James said Friday.
A message asking for comment was left on Friday by Trump’s lawyer.
On April 25, a Manhattan judge declared Trump contempt of court and fined him $ 10,000 a day for failing to comply with a subpoena during James’ long-term investigation into his business practices.
On May 11, Judge Arthur Engaran agreed to overturn the contempt order when Trump paid fines and presented oaths by Friday, detailing efforts to find records in court and explaining his and his company’s record-keeping policies.
Engoron also demanded that the company hired by Trump to help with the search, HaystackID, complete a review of 17 boxes stored in a repository off-site, and that the company report its findings and provide all relevant documents. The process was completed on Thursday, James’ office said.
Engaran told Trump to pay the money directly to James ’office and to have the Attorney General keep the money in a deposit account until Trump’s legal team appeals the judge’s initial conclusion about respect.
Engaran suspended the fine on May 6, when Trump’s lawyers presented 66 pages of court documents detailing the efforts of him and his lawyers to find records in court. He warned he could reinstate him back by May 7 if his conditions are not met.
James, a Democrat, said her three-year investigation found evidence that Trump’s campaign, the Trump Organization, had for more than a decade misrepresented the value of assets such as skyscrapers and golf courses in financial statements.
Trump, a Republican, denies the allegations. He called James’ investigation a “racist” and politically motivated “witch hunt.” James is black. Trump’s lawyers accused her of electoral persecution. Trump is also suing James in federal court, seeking to close her investigation.
Last week, a lawyer for James’ office said Friday that the evidence found in the investigation could support a lawsuit against the former president, his company or both.
Attorney Andrew Amer said at the hearing on Trump’s lawsuit against James that “obviously, a significant amount of evidence has been accumulated that could confirm the initiation of enforcement proceedings,” although the final decision to file such a lawsuit has not been made. .
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