Trump case: New York Attorney General Letitia James wants Donald Trump to be held in contempt and fined $10,000 a day

The New York Attorney General on Thursday asked a state judge to issue a contempt warrant against former President Donald Trump, alleging he violated a previous ruling requiring him to file documents before March 31. as part of an investigation into his company’s financial practices.

The office of New York Attorney General Letitia James has also requested a $10,000 per day fine from Trump until he complies with the ruling.

Trump and two of his children, Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump, were instructed on February 17 to: appear for deposits at James’ long-term investigation into civil fraud† They appealed the order to appear, but did not at the time challenge a separate portion of that ruling ordering Donald Trump to comply with a subpoena “seeking documents and information.”

The judge ordered Trump to comply with the demand for documents and information by March 3, later extending that deadline to March 31 — a date agreed upon by both parties at the time, according to a court document. In Thursday’s filing, James’s office said Trump has not only failed to comply with that order, but has objected to it in recent days.

James’ office said in Thursday’s filing that Trump’s attorneys later indicated he would not provide any of the subpoenaed documents “because his counsel (based on search efforts undisclosed) could not find any.”

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

A Trump lawyer did not immediately return a request for comment.

James’ office claimed in a February press release that the extensive investigation has gathered evidence “showing that Donald J. Trump and the Trump Organization used fraudulent and misleading financial statements to gain economic advantage.” The initial focus of the investigation was on whether the Trump Organization inflated asset valuations while seeking loans and insurance coverage, lowering their value to reduce tax liability.

James’s investigation was cited by accounting firm Mazars USA in a letter dated Feb. 9. revoked a decade of financial statements compiled for the Trump Organization. As part of the investigation, James’ office is also… looking for information at a second accountancy firm that did work for Trump’s company, RSM US LLP.

Trump and the company have repeatedly denied all allegations of wrongdoing. He called the investigation “unconstitutional” in a Dec 20 call to CBS News, calling itself ‘an injured and innocent party’. That day, Trump filed a federal lawsuit to shut down James’s investigation.

In Thursday’s motion, James’s office said Trump and his company also interfered with the efforts of HaystackID, a company hired by court order to collect so-called eDiscovery materials, including documents and data.

“The Trump Organization is not currently searching any of Mr. Trump’s hold files or devices, and has no intention of doing so between now and April 15, 2022,” James’s office wrote in Thursday’s filing.

Jame’s investigation is paralleling a separate criminal investigation led by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office. That investigation, which on July 1, 2021, led to: charges against the Trump Organization and its CFOseems stuck.

Two senior prosecutors, Carey Dunne and Mark Pomerantz, resigned in February, less than two months after newly elected DA Alvin Bragg took office in Manhattan, succeeding Cyrus Vance Jr., who began the investigation in August 2018. In Pomerantz’s letter of resignation, which was published in The New York Times, Pomerantz wrote that Bragg had “made the decision … not to pursue criminal charges at this time.”

A spokesperson for Bragg recently said the investigation is ongoing.

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