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Judge says Trump in contempt over financial documents

Apr 25, 2022 2:03 pm

Jonah E. Bromwich, Ben Protess and William K. Rashbaum report in The New York Times that a judge ruled April 25 that former President Donald Trump is in contempt of court, and must pay $10,000 a day until he complies with a subpoena seeking financial documents. Trump's lawyers claim they have turned everything over already, while lawyers from New York's attorney general’s office said that Mr. Trump had declined to turn over documents in response to eight separate requests. Alina Habba, one of Trump’s lawyers, said she will file a sworn statement detailing every step that was taken to locate potential documents, and that she will appeal the ruling. “All documents responsive to the subpoena were produced to the attorney general months ago,” Habba said. “This does not even come close to meeting the standard on a motion for contempt.” But Judge Arthur F. Engoron called Habba's legal arguments that all materials had been turned over “woefully insufficient” and “boilerplate.” In January, the attorney general's office concluded that the Trump Organization had engaged in “fraudulent or misleading” financial practices in New York. Read more about this story in The New York Times.