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Judge holds Trump in CONTEMPT for failing to comply with a subpoena from Letitia James   

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A New York judge on Monday held former President Donald Trump in contempt, and fined him $10,000 per day, for failing to comply with subpoena from New York Attorney General Letitia James.

‘Mr. Trump, I know you take your business seriously, and I take mine seriously, I hereby hold you in civil contempt and fine you $10,000 a day’, said New York state Supreme Court judge Arthur Engoron.

James said ‘justice prevailed’ on Monday in a celebratory statement after the ruling.

‘For years, Donald Trump has tried to evade the law and stop our lawful investigation into him and his company’s financial dealings. Today’s ruling makes clear: No one is above the law,’ the state attorney general said.

James is investigating whether the Trump Organization, the former president’s real estate empire, misstated the values of its real estate properties to obtain favorable loans and tax deductions.

James has said her probe had found ‘significant evidence’ suggesting that for more than a decade the company’s financial statements ‘relied on misleading asset valuations and other misrepresentations to secure economic benefits.’

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A New York judge on Monday held former President Donald Trump in contempt, and fined him $10,000 per day, for failing to comply with subpoena from New York Attorney General Letitia James.

She also accused the ex-president of missing a mutually agreed-upon deadline to hand over eight personal financial documents — which Trump’s attorneys claim he simply does not have.

James asked that Trump be fined $10,000 a day, and perhaps more, until he complies.

She accused him of ‘more delay and obfuscation’ in his excuses for not handing over the documents in question, arguing the daily increasing fine is necessary to ‘compensate’ her office ‘for its fees and costs associated with this motion,’ according to an April 7 court filing.

Trump has repeatedly denounced James’ probe as a ‘witch hunt’ and accused her of acting out of political bias. 

She subpoenaed him and two of his adult children, Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr., in December. James has been seeking a deposition from all three. 

James' prosecutors accused Trump of failing to turn over eight financial documents by a March 31 deadline

James’ prosecutors accused Trump of failing to turn over eight financial documents by a March 31 deadline

Trump attorney Alina Habba called James’ contempt request a ‘publicity stunt’ in an April 20 filing and claimed the onus was on his family business to produce the documents.

After a ‘dutiful search’ for what prosecutors were seeking, Habba said he ‘simply did not have any of the requested documents in his personal possession or custody.’

Instead, she claimed ‘all potentially responsive documents were in the possession, custody or control of the Trump Organization.’ 

She pointed out her client ‘was not obligated to produce documents’ in the company’s control. 

'Mr. Trump, I know you take your business seriously, and I take mine seriously,' Judge Arthur Engoron said

‘Mr. Trump, I know you take your business seriously, and I take mine seriously,’ Judge Arthur Engoron said 

The attorney general has questioned how the Trump Organization valued the Trump brand, as well as properties including golf clubs in New York and Scotland and Trump’s own penthouse apartment in midtown Manhattan’s Trump Tower.

Habba said at the Monday hearing that James’ investigation was a ‘fishing expedition’ and that the Trump Organization was ‘right on schedule’ with its production of documents.

‘This is a political crusade,’ Habba said. ‘The attorney general’s investigation has seemingly become aimless.’

Trump, a Republican, denies wrongdoing and has called the investigation politically motivated. James is a Democrat.

Trump, Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr., also were subpoenaed and ordered to provide testimony to the attorney general. An appeal is pending for that testimony.

In a late March filing James said Trump himself only turned over 10 documents in more than two years. He was due to hand over the latest round by March 31, already an extension of a previous filing. 

The ex-president’s lawyer contends that James made no effort ‘to resolve the underlying issues’ before accusing Trump of a lack of cooperation and demanding a daily $10,000 fine.

‘While [the Attorney General] was publicly putting out a barrage of press statements about the instant motion, [the Attorney General’s] counsel was privately rebuffing numerous attempts by [Trump’s] counsel to engage in good-faith discussions to address the issues at hand,’ Habba wrote in the 27-page filing.

Habba accused James’ team of ‘refusing’ her ‘request for a simple phone call.’  

‘Given the [Attorney General’s] recalcitrant behavior, it is fair to question the [Attorney General’s] motive in bringing the instant application, which appears to be little more than a contrived publicity stunt,’ Trump’s lawyer said.

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