Former President Donald Trump is staring before speaking during a tour to the unfinished part of the border wall on June 30, 2021 in Farr, Texas.
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A New York judge denied a lawyer’s request to the former president on Friday Donald Trump lift Contempt of court Despite the submission of new affidavits from Trump and his lawyer, he claims to have complied with the subpoena from the Attorney General of the State.
Judge Arthur Engoron of the Supreme Court of Manhattan said the new affidavit was written by Trump and others. Find the document that Attorney General Letitia James is looking for It wasn’t enough to wipe out Trump being insulted. Engoron then ordered Trump to submit a more detailed affidavit that swear on the information related to the search for the requested document.
In a letter to EngoronJames Lawyer He said the insult order should not be lifted. $ 10,000 per day fine for playing cards Along with that, until a search for a wider range of documents than what Trump’s lawyer said did.
According to AG lawyers, the search includes all of Trump’s cell phones, the Trump Tower in Manhattan, Trump’s facilities where he maintains “personal residences” and “personal offices,” and offsite storage. Must include location, and “all electronic devices”. A device issued by the Trump organization to Trump’s Executive Assistant.
Engoron virtually agreed, and an affidavit filed by Trump and his lawyer later on Friday identified “who, when, where, and which search protocol was used to search for each request.” It’s not enough in that it can’t be done. “
“In addition, Mr. Trump’s personal affidavit lacks any useful details,” the judge wrote. “Especially where he stored the files, how the files were stored in normal business, who accessed such files, what was the retention policy for such files, and importantly. It doesn’t say where it is. He believes there is such a file now. “
Engoron’s decision in support of the contempt of court order was issued at a hearing seeking a very short notice that the contempt of court was not publicly announced.
The hearing took place four days after Engoron discovered that Trump had despised not submitting the document to James by the March 31 deadline set by the judge for compliance with the subpoena. rice field.
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Engoron on Tuesday ordered Trump to immediately pay a $ 10,000 daily fine as a result of his insulting findings.
On Wednesday, Trump’s lawyers filed an affidavit in court under a seal from themselves and Trump, saying they couldn’t find the document James wanted to see.
“Compliant with [contempt] The order is required in honor of the court’s removal of the finding of civil insult, “Trump’s lawyer Arina Haba wrote in the filing.
At a hearing on Monday, Engoron questioned why Trump had not previously personally filed an affidavit and instead relied on Haba to claim that the document could not be found.
In his two-sentence affidavit signed in Palm Beach, Florida, Trump said, “As far as I know, there is no document requested in the subpoena … I own it.”
“I believe they are under the control of the Trump organization,” Trump added, if relevant records remain.
That’s the same as his lawyer Haba told Engoron earlier.
Haba and another lawyer for her company, Michael Madio, responded to eight categories of records requested by James after conducting a comprehensive investigation in another affidavit filed Wednesday. Summoned that he found that he did not have any additional documents that could be provided.
“The creation and response of the respondents to the subpoena is complete and correct, as far as my knowledge and beliefs are concerned,” Haba wrote.
“Documents or information corresponding to the subpoena have not been withheld from the respondent’s creation and response.
Earlier this week, Haba appealed for the derogatory discovery of Engoron. The complaint has not been heard yet.
“Today’s events overwhelmingly reveal that this case is no longer relevant to the proper application of the legal principles governing the disclosure of findings,” Haba said in an email statement. rice field.
“The court has completely ignored the detailed affidavits that show the meticulous efforts made to carry out this investigation,” Haba said. “This court despises my client for a breach that he did not commit. [Office of the Attorney General] Declared “insufficient” if there was no basis. “
“The tactics adopted by the court, such as Gavel’s dramatic pounding, bench-to-client statements, and direct comments to the press, have reduced the hearing to something like a public sight,” she said. Said. “We enthusiastically prosecute allegations of improper application of both legal and factual courts.”