Judge Hands Trump Big Win in Court, Clears Him of Contempt in New York AG’s ‘Fraud’ Investigation

A New York judge has just handed a big win to President Donald Trump, ruling Wednesday that the 45th POTUS is no longer in contempt over the state attorney general’s “fraud” investigation.

Trump was accused of contempt by New York AG Letitia James for failing to turn over documents after being subpoenaed by her office.

“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,” Alina Habba, an attorney for Trump, said.

“We will push ahead with our appeal to secure justice for our client.”

Andrew Amer, an attorney in James’s office said: “We have every expectation that Trump will be examined under oath next month and will advise the Court promptly if new information regarding Respondent’s documents is gleaned from that testimony.”

Amer continued by adding that he is still concerned about “the apparent absence in the productions of documents one would expect to see from Mr. Trump relating to his Statements of Financial Condition.”

Trump and his family have been ordered to be deposed by James and her team.

However, they have continued to refuse the demand.

From CBS:

Trump was fined $10,000 per day through 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.

Nearly all the employees who filed affidavits described a company that has few concrete policies related to the destruction and retention of documents related to Trump’s personal finances, leaving such decisions to individuals, or in certain cases, their department heads.

Those statements largely mirrored what Trump said in his own affidavit, that “it has been my customary practice to delegate document handling and retention responsibilities to my executive assistants.”

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Executive assistants who filed affidavits said they didn’t follow any set policies. One longtime former assistant, Rhona Graff, said in a May 31 deposition that she often left such decisions up to other people.

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By David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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