Donald Trump will pay $110,000 in fines but must file paperwork to end contempt order

NEW YORK – Former President Donald Trump has paid the $110,000 in fines he was imposed after he was detained in contempt of court for being slow to respond to a civil subpoena from the New York Attorney General.

Trump paid the fine Thursday but has yet to file additional documentation for the contempt order to be lifted, Attorney General Letitia James’ office said Friday.

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

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

Judge Arthur Engoron on May 11 voted to vacate the contempt order if Trump pays the fines and provides affidavits by Friday detailing efforts to search the subpoenaed records and the policies for retaining documents from him and his company were explained.

Engoron also required a company hired by Trump, HaystackID, to help with the search, to search 17 boxes being held off-site and that that company report its findings and turn over any relevant documents. That process was completed on Thursday, James’ office said.

Engoron told Trump to pay the money directly to James’ office and for the attorney general to hold the money in escrow while Trump’s legal team appeals the judge’s original contempt finding.

Engoron avoided the fine on May 6 when Trump’s attorneys filed 66 pages of court documents detailing efforts by him and his attorneys to locate the subpoenaed documents. He warned that if his conditions were not met, he could reinstate it retroactively to May 7.

James, a Democrat, said her three-year investigation uncovered evidence that Trump’s company, the Trump Organization, had misstated the value of assets like skyscrapers and golf courses in financial statements for over a decade.

Trump, a Republican, denies the allegations. He has called James’ investigation “racist” and a politically motivated “witch hunt”. James is black. Trump’s lawyers accuse her of selective prosecution. Trump is also suing James in federal court to stop their investigation.

Last week, a lawyer for James’ office said Friday evidence found in the investigation could support legal action against the former president, his firm, or both.

Attorney Andrew Amer said at a hearing in Trump’s lawsuit against James that “clearly a substantial body of evidence has been amassed that may support the filing of an enforcement proceeding,” although a final decision on filing such a lawsuit has not yet been made.

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