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A New York judge ruled Wednesday that Donald Trump is no longer in contempt for failing to turn over documents demanded in a subpoena by the state’s attorney general.
The former president’s April 25 contempt finding came after he contested a December subpoena seeking records related to his personal finances and the financing of several properties. Trump claimed he had no material that was responsive to the subpoena, leading to demands by the judge and the office of New York Attorney General Letitia James that his attorneys provide detailed explanations of how they conducted their search.
The article goes on to state the following:
Trump wasthrough May 6, when his attorneys first filed explanations of their attempts to search for subpoenaed documents. In the weeks since, the judge and the attorney general have demanded affidavits from two dozen Trump Organization employees and attorneys in an effort to learn how Donald Trump’s eponymous company has for a decade apparently kept nearly no records on the personal finances of its namesake.
“Although we are pleased that the court has lifted the contempt finding, we maintain that it was wholly unwarranted and improper in the first place,” Trump’s attorney, Alina Habba, said in a statement. “We will push ahead with our appeal to secure justice for our client.”
In his affidavit, Trump wrote that “it has been my customary practice to delegate document handling and retention responsibilities to my executive assistants.”
James’ office claims that its civil fraud investigation has collected evidence “showing that Donald J. Trump and the Trump Organization used fraudulent and misleading financial statements to obtain economic benefit.”
BREAKING: A New York judge ruled that Donald Trump is no longer in contempt for failing to turn over documents demanded in a subpoena by the state’s attorney general. https://t.co/RyuadDtWaj
— CBS News (@CBSNews) June 29, 2022
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