Donald Trump pays US$110,000 fine after being found in contempt of court

Former US President Donald Trump has paid the US$110,000 fine he incurred after being found in contempt of court for his slow response to a subpoena issued by the New York Attorney General.

Trump paid the fine on Thursday but must still submit additional documents in order to have the contempt order lifted, the office of New York Attorney General Letitia James said Friday.

A message seeking comment was left for Trump’s attorney on Friday.

A Manhattan judge found Trump in contempt of court on April 25 and fined him US$10,000 a day for failing to comply with a subpoena in the long-running investigation. breath of James on his business practices.

Conditions for lifting the contempt order

Judge Arthur Engoron agreed on May 11 to lift the contempt order if, by Friday, Trump pays the fines and submits affidavits detailing efforts to search for subpoenaed records and explaining his document retention policies and those of his company.

Engoron also demanded that a company hired by Trump to help with the search, HaystackID, finish going through 17 boxes held in offsite storage, and that the company report its findings and turn over all relevant documents. That process was completed on Thursday, James’ office said.

Engoron told Trump to pay the money directly to James’ office and the attorney general to hold the money in an escrow account while Trump’s legal team appeals the judge’s initial contempt decision.

Engoron stopped the fine from accumulating on May 6, when Trump’s attorneys submitted 66 pages of court documents detailing efforts by him and his attorneys to locate the subpoenaed records. He warned he could reinstate it, retroactive to May 7, if his conditions were not met.

James, a Democrat, said her three-year investigation uncovered evidence that Trump’s company, the Trump Organization, misrepresented the value of assets such as skyscrapers and golf courses in its financial statements during more than a decade.

Trump, a Republican, denies the allegations. He called James’ investigation “racist” and a politically motivated “witch hunt”. James is black. Trump’s lawyers have charged her with selective prosecution. Trump is also suing James in US federal court, seeking to end his investigation.

Last week, a lawyer in James’ office said on Friday that evidence found in the investigation could warrant legal action against the former president, his company, or both.

The attorney, Andrew Amer, told a hearing in Trump’s lawsuit against James that “there has clearly been a substantial amount of accumulated evidence that could support the filing of enforcement proceedings.” , although a final decision on whether to file such an action has not been made. .