Judge says he’ll lift Trump’s contempt finding if former president meets conditions

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New York Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron has given former President Donald Trump a way out after previously finding him in contempt of court and fining him $10,000 a day until to comply with the New York Attorney General’s request for documents.

Attorney General Letitia James searched for various financial documents after former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen told Congress that Trump had exaggerated the value of various assets on statements to obtain better terms for loans and for tax purposes.

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Engoron said Wednesday he would conditionally lift Trump’s contempt finding if, by May 20, Trump submits sworn affidavits detailing his efforts to search for the requested documents and explaining his and his document retention policies. the Trump Organization, he is paying $110,000 in fines accrued through May 6. and a company he hired to help research completes its work.

The May 6 date was when Trump’s Alina Habba said in a court filing that responses to James’ subpoena were complete and correct and that no relevant documents or information were withheld.

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In that filing, Habba said she searched Trump’s offices and private quarters at his golf club in Bedminster, NJ, and his residence at his Florida club, Mar-a-Lago, and that she did not had found no documents relevant to the subpoena Trump had. not already returned. She also detailed searches in other locations, such as filing cabinets at the Trump Organization offices in New York.

Trump, in a separate signed affidavit that was submitted with Habba’s filing, said all documents that respond to the attorney general’s subpoena have been turned over.

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The former president also said he has two cellphones, one of which he handed over in March and another in May, and another he only uses to post on his new social media platform. social media, Truth Social.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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