New York AG Asks Judge to Hold Trump in Contempt of Court, Fine Him $10K a Day

New York Attorney General Letitia James has called on a court to hold President Donald Trump in contempt of court and issue fines of $10,000 per day.

AG James is firing back at Trump because she claims he told her to go pound and refused to hand over the documents she wanted from his company in her civil case.

In court filings Thursday, James said Trump failed to comply with a judge’s order to turn over subpoenaed documents.

She asked the judge to hold Trump in contempt and fine him daily until he hands over the requested documents and records.

“My office is filing a motion to hold Donald Trump in contempt of court,” James said.

“Despite a crystal clear order from the court, Donald Trump has refused to turn over documents as part of our investigation into him and the Trump Organization’s financial dealings.

“Donald Trump should be fined $10,000 per day for every day that he continues to violate the court’s order to provide these documents to my office.

“No one is above the law.”

But many are wondering why James is still probing Trump after the Manhattan District Attorney’s criminal case against Trump fell apart.

The two leading prosecutors resigned after the new DA decided not to go forward with the case.

“Rather than ‘comply in full’ with the Court’s unambiguous directive by producing all responsive documents by March 31, Mr. Trump did not comply at all,” the court filing says.

“Mr. Trump should now be held in civil contempt and fined in an amount sufficient to coerce his compliance with the Court’s order and compensate (Office of Attorney General) for its fees and costs associated with this motion,” the motion says.

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The Trump Organization has denied any wrongdoing and has portrayed itself in court papers as bending over backward to comply with the AG’s document requests.

In a February court filing, the company said it “has been producing thousands of documents each week (in excess of 750,000 by the OAG’s own admission), all the while keeping the OAG updated on its progress with weekly progress reports.”

The company also said it is “on track” to meet an April 15 deadline to turn over all the relevant documents.

From The Hill:

James, in a 21-page filing, also requested that Judge Arthur Engoron fine the former president $10,000 for each day he fails to produce the documents amid James’s ongoing probe of whether the Trump Organization unlawfully falsified the value of assets for financial gain.

The latest development comes after Engoron gave Trump a March 31 deadline to comply with the New York attorney general’s subpoena for records and ordered the former president and his two eldest children to comply with subpoenas for their testimony.

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