Trump Pays $110K Fine But Must Still Submit Paperwork to End Contempt
Trump paid the fine Thursday, but must still submit additional paperwork in order to have the contempt order lifted, the AG’s office said on Friday.
Judge Arthur Engoron agreed on May 11th to lift the contempt order if, by Friday, Trump paid the fines and submitted affidavits detailing efforts to search for the subpoenaed records and explaining his and his company’s document retention policies. Engoron also required a company hired by Trump to aid in the search, HaystackID, to finish going through 17 boxes kept in off-site storage, and for that company to report its findings and turn over any relevant documents. That process was completed Thursday, James’ office said.
— Hugo Lowell (@hugolowell) May 20, 2022
Engoron ordered Trump to pay the money directly to AG James’ office and for the attorney general to hold the money in an escrow account while Trump’s legal team appeals the judge’s original contempt finding.
If I had told you 3 years ago that a pandemic would kill over 1 million Americans, Trump would launch a violent coup after losing, & SCOTUS would overturn Roe v Wade, but everyone was just going on as normal & the GOP was favored in the midterms, you’d say I was out of my mind.
— David Atkins (@DavidOAtkins) May 20, 2022
AG James, who is Black, has said her three-year investigation uncovered evidence that Trump’s company, the Trump Organization, misstated the value of assets like skyscrapers and golf courses on financial statements for over a decade. Trump has denied the allegations, calling AG James’ investigation “racist” and a politically motivated “witch hunt.” Trump’s lawyers have accused her of selective prosecution. Trump is also suing AG James in federal court, seeking to shut down her probe.
— Brian O’Sullivan (@osullivanauthor) May 20, 2022
Last week, a lawyer for James’ office said Friday that evidence found in the probe could support legal action against Trump, his company, or both. The lawyer, Andrew Amer, said at a hearing in Trump’s lawsuit against AG James that “there’s clearly been a substantial amount of evidence amassed that could support the filing of an enforcement proceeding,” although a final determination on filing such an action has not been made.