Trump in the Clear for Contempt in New York’s AG Witch Hunt Probe

On Wednesday, a New York judge cleared Donald J. Trump of all contempt charges which were imposed on the former president for failing to turn over documents that were demanded by the State’s attorney general, Letitia James. A New York judge ruled Wednesday that Donald Trump is no longer in contempt for failing to turn over those documents.



The April 25 contempt finding came after Donald Trump contested a December subpoena that sought to obtain records that related to his personal finances and the financing of several properties owned by the Trump family. He claimed he had no material that related to the subpoena, which then led to demands by the judge and the office of Letitia James that his attorneys provide detailed explanations as to how they conducted their search.

Judge Engoron ruled on Wednesday that Donald Trump and his attorneys have met the conditions required to lift the sanction.

The judge had said that Trump missed a March 31 deadline to meet the terms of the subpoena and began charging him $10,000 per day on April 26.

The charges stopped in Early May when Trump’s lawyers submitted 66 pages that detailed their efforts to find and turn over the subpoenaed documents, which including records of his annual financial statements, development projects, and even communications with Forbes magazine.

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“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 in a text message. “We will push ahead with our appeal to secure justice for our client.”

James’ office is holding the money that was collected by the court in an escrow account while Trump’s legal team appeals the judge’s original contempt finding.

The Democratic AG decided to launch her probe into Donald J. Trumps business dealings in 2019 after former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen told Congress before a hearing that his longtime boss had exaggerated the value of the entire Trump Organization for loan, insurance, and tax purposes.

The DA “effectively embedded Mr. Cohen — a veritable orchard of tainted fruit — in its ranks, involving him in the prosecution from its outset to Indictment (and beyond),” wrote attorney Mary Mulligan back in January 2022.

Michael Cohen’s credibility issues may have very well played a part in Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg deciding to completely back off prosecuting Trump at all.

In May 2021, Donald Trump called the criminal probe into the Trump Organization’s finances and whether they violated state laws a “continuation of the greatest Witch Hunt in American History.”

It began the day I came down the escalator in Trump Tower, and it’s never stopped,” Trump said in a press release.



Michael Cohen has made many misleading statements in the past, so the fact that AG James would go after Trump’s finances based on the false testimony of Michael Cohen is curious and points to the “witch hunt” Donald Trump has called this probing into his finances ever since the day he came down that escalator.

 

 

 

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