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Judge fines Trump $10,000 and holds him in contempt in New York

Former President Donald Trump was found in civil contempt of court by a New York judge and ordered to pay $10,000 per day until he turns over documents subpoenaed by the state attorney general’s office.

Attorney General Letitia James requested the fine in order to compel the former president to turn over documents that her investigators claim they require as part of their civil investigation into the Trump Organization’s business practices.

In New York Attorney General’s Court, a judge finds Trump in contempt and fines him $10,000 per day.

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

In a celebratory statement issued following the ruling, James stated that ‘justice prevailed.’

‘For years, Donald Trump has attempted to skirt the law and obstruct our lawful investigation into his and his company’s financial dealings.’

‘Today’s decision makes it clear that no one is above the law,’ said the state attorney general.

James is looking into whether the Trump Organization, the former president’s real estate empire, overstated the value of its properties in order to obtain favorable loans and tax breaks.

She stated that her investigation uncovered “significant evidence” that the company’s financial statements “relied on misleading asset valuations and other misrepresentations to secure economic benefits” for more than a decade.

She also accused Trump of failing to meet a mutually agreed-upon deadline to turn over eight personal financial documents, which Trump’s attorneys claim he simply does not have.

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James has requested that Trump be fined $10,000 per day, and possibly more, until he complies.

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

Trump has repeatedly referred to James’ investigation as a “witch hunt,” accusing her of acting politically motivated.

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

After a ‘dutiful search’ for the documents sought by prosecutors, Habba stated that he’simply did not have any of the requested documents in his personal possession or custody.’

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

She stated that her clients were not required to produce documents under the company’s control.

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

During the Monday hearing, Habba stated that James’ investigation was a “fishing expedition” and that the Trump Organization was “right on schedule” with document production.

‘It’s a political crusade,’ Habba explained. ‘The attorney general’s investigation appears to have lost focus.’

Trump, a Republican, denies any wrongdoing and has accused the investigation of being politically motivated. James is a registered Democrat.

Trump, Ivanka Trump, and Donald Trump Jr. were also subpoenaed and ordered to testify before the attorney general by Engoron, the same judge. For that testimony, an appeal is pending.

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