Trump must pay $110,000 and meet conditions to end the contempt

NEW YORK – A New York judge on Wednesday said he was close to releasing Donald Trump from a contempt verdict, but only if the former president meets certain conditions, including paying $110,000 in fines accumulated because he failed to turn over documents in a state civil investigation.

Judge Arthur Engoron said he would conditionally overturn Trump’s contempt finding if Trump files additional affidavits by May 20 detailing record-hunting efforts and explaining the policy on how documents are retained by him and his company, which will pay the fines .

Engoron on April 25 condemned Trump with contempt and fined him $10,000 a day for failing to comply with a subpoena for documents in New York Attorney General Letitia James’ investigation into whether Trump may be assessing the value of assets such as Skyscrapers and Golf Courses has misstated financial statements for over a decade.


The sum Engoron ordered Trump to pay is the fine that accumulated through May 6, when Trump’s attorneys filed 66 pages of court documents detailing efforts to locate the subpoenaed records. Engoron could re-impose the fine if the conditions he set on Wednesday are not met.

A message was left with Trump’s attorney for comment.

James, a Democrat, asked Engoron to despise Trump after he failed to produce any documents to meet a March 31 deadline to meet the terms of the subpoena.

Trump’s attorney, Alina Habba, said in the May 6 filing that responses to the subpoena were complete and accurate and that no relevant documents or information were withheld.

Habba conducted searches of Trump’s offices and private quarters at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, and his residence in Mar-a-Lago, Fla., but found no relevant documents, which had not yet been produced. The filing also included detailed searches of other locations, including filing cabinets and storage areas at the Trump Organization’s offices in New York.


In a separate affidavit accompanying the filing, Trump stated that there are no relevant documents that have not already been submitted.

He added that he owned two cell phones: an iPhone for personal use, which he submitted for a subpoena search in March and then resubmitted in May; plus a second phone he recently received, which is only used for posting on Truth Social, the social media network he started after being banned from Twitter, Facebook and other platforms.

Also on Wednesday, a state appeals court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in Trump’s appeal in another subpoena matter: Engoron’s Feb. 17 ruling, which requires him to answer questions under oath in James’ investigation.

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