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Judge Lifts Contempt of Court Order Against Trump

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On Wednesday, New York State Judge Arthur F. Engoron rescinded the contempt of court order he issued last month against former President Donald Trump on the condition that Trump pays a $110,000 fine and describes how his namesake business dealt with Post-it notes as a means of communication.

Engoron issued the order last month after attorneys representing the Trump Organization and the ex-president himself had failed to provide financial documents subpoenaed by New York Attorney General Letitia James.

Trump was penalized $10,000 each day through May 6, the date of his most recent submission in the case.

At a hearing on Wednesday, state attorney Andrew Amer focused on the topic of the Post-it notes, which Trump was known to use to correspond with his staff, and whether they were turned over.

“To our knowledge, we haven’t seen any documents that have Post-its on them,” said Amer. “And that’s one of the odd things about the production to date given the statements that was a means for Mr. Trump to communicate.”

He proposed that the policy on document retention and destruction should involve the handling of Post-it notes.

James’ office had requested records and data, but it was also noted that Trump had allegedly failed to give over multiple phones he had used.

In the affidavit filed on May 6, Trump stated that he does not “know the whereabouts” of numerous phones, including one he used at the White House and that “was taken from [him] at some point when [he] was President.”

In addition, Alina Habba, one of Trump’s lawyers, stated that “All documents responsive to the subpoena were produced to the attorney general months ago.”

Trump has until May 20 to produce affidavits detailing his legal team’s efforts to comply with subpoenas from James, for which his staff has returned no papers or electronic devices in greater detail than previously provided. He must also describe the Trump Organization’s document destruction and retention policies.

“Today’s decision makes clear that no one can evade accountability. We will continue to enforce the law and seek answers as part of this investigation,” James said on May 11.

For the contempt order to be formally expunged, a separate, long-delayed eDiscovery operation by a third party must also be completed by that day. The daily fine will be reintroduced if Trump fails to meet Engoron’s terms by May 20.

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Christine Tongel
Christine Tongel
8 months ago

This is why the United States will never heal, trump could get away with murder! He should be in prison

Phil Osborne
Phil Osborne
Reply to  Christine Tongel
8 months ago

Tell us which laws he broke, then compare them to Ms. Clinton and her infractions over the years…Then you will see who should be in prison.

Christine Tongel
Christine Tongel
Reply to  Phil Osborne
8 months ago

If you don’t know, you don’t deserve an answer!

Itsme
Itsme
Reply to  Christine Tongel
8 months ago

You could have just said you couldn’t think of any, you don’t have to get all snarky here.

Kat
Kat
Reply to  Christine Tongel
7 months ago

which means you don’t know either! LOL!!

Jimmy J Pearson
Jimmy J Pearson
Reply to  Christine Tongel
7 months ago

That is what I thought you can not name any.

Terry Seymour
Terry Seymour
Reply to  Phil Osborne
7 months ago

Duh?? Attempting to overturn the results of an election is called sedition and is punishable by law! The vote is the back bone of our Democracy….without it, guys like tRUMp, attempting to steal an election is the first step towards being ruled by a dictator!!

Patricia Hedgecock
Patricia Hedgecock
Reply to  Terry Seymour
7 months ago

Terry Seymour So, you are saying Trump SHOULD go to prison for attempting to steal the election, but Biden should NOT when HE DID steal the election.? Your kind of justice is what is wrong with this country.
Trump certainly did MUCH more for US and this country . Biden has worked diligently to destroy it. What he is doing to this country is criminal, and if it isn’t treason, I don’t know what is. You can say what you want about Trump, but when Biden is done, it will take someone as overbearing as Trump to fix it.

Lawrence Meyers
Lawrence Meyers
Reply to  Terry Seymour
7 months ago

your being ruled by a dictator right now

Jerry Kustich
Jerry Kustich
Reply to  Lawrence Meyers
7 months ago

Right now the Congress has the power to compromise on all issues. That has nothing to do with Biden…but until they do, unfortunately Biden has to decide.

Jimmy J Pearson
Jimmy J Pearson
Reply to  Jerry Kustich
7 months ago

Do not know how to respond to such a ridiculous statement.

Jimmy J Pearson
Jimmy J Pearson
Reply to  Terry Seymour
7 months ago

Another stupid statement.

Don Florus
Don Florus
Reply to  Terry Seymour
7 months ago

And you believe Biden got 81 million votes legally?

Henry L. Naizer
Henry L. Naizer
Reply to  Terry Seymour
7 months ago

Tell me Mr. Seymour where is it written in the U.S. Constitution that the U.S. government is a > Democracy. Article IV Section 4 specifically reads: “The United States shall guarantee to every State in the Union a Republican Form of Government,……”

Ken Doe
Ken Doe
Reply to  Terry Seymour
7 months ago

Hey genius, have you watched 2000 Mules?

Jerry Kustich
Jerry Kustich
Reply to  Phil Osborne
7 months ago

For one, Phil, he paid off Stormy Daniels with campaign funds through his lawyer Michael Cohen. Cohen served time, and Trump was named on the indictment as well. That alone would have trashed anyone’s political career…but Trump rolls on.

Nancy Sanders
Nancy Sanders
Reply to  Christine Tongel
8 months ago

I am quite confident that President Trump has never murdered anyone, but now for the multitude of sins on Ms. Clinton’s part, I am almost for certain that she has literally been allowed to get away with murder. Never forget Benghazi, nor how many of her so-called friends have mysteriously died. The dems are deranged and can only think get trump, get trump, get trump. They need to take a good hard honest look at themselves and realize that we all know how crooked they are and Trump was exposing them one by one. Look at the crook that is in the whitehouse now. Do something about him before he totally destroys our country.

Christine Tongel
Christine Tongel
Reply to  Nancy Sanders
8 months ago

trump is a traitor that helped putin, you know it and you don’t care! Enjoy your rose-colored life

Itsme
Itsme
Reply to  Christine Tongel
8 months ago

That Trump Putin thing has been debunked repeatedly, you need new buzzwords.

Barrett Hook
Barrett Hook
Reply to  Itsme
7 months ago

Actually, it’s Trump (and company) who supplied the crack in the western world that likely signaled Putin the time to move was when he did……..not debunked by any observers…..Trump created a weakened response to Putin.

Ken Doe
Ken Doe
Reply to  Christine Tongel
7 months ago

You really are delusional. They need to invesigate your beloved Marxist/Socialist Dicktator Biden and all of his dealing’s with China, Ukraine, Afghanistan and no telling how many other countries he has colluded with during his corrupt political career! TRUMP 2024!

Jerry Kustich
Jerry Kustich
Reply to  Nancy Sanders
7 months ago

Geez, Nancy, Clinton was litigated for two years by the GOP, and they directly interviewed her for 11 hours. Though they found mistakes, they didn’t find criminal misdoings. At what point do you accept the findings of the GOP?

Barrett Hook
Barrett Hook
Reply to  Jerry Kustich
7 months ago

Yes. At what point does the process of investigation create an outcome? HC may not be a nice person, but at this point there is no evidence to substantiate criminality else there would have been indictments.

Barrett Hook
Barrett Hook
Reply to  Nancy Sanders
7 months ago

Your confidence in Ms. Clintons issues is completely the result in your ignorance. Benghazi…..what crime did she commit? The mysterious deaths? Well they are still “mysterious”. Trump is possibly one of the most felonious presidents we have seen in the history of the country. Also one of the most dangerous.

Jimmy J Pearson
Jimmy J Pearson
Reply to  Nancy Sanders
7 months ago

29 of them now for Killary.

C Suddeth
C Suddeth
Reply to  Christine Tongel
7 months ago

Christine… Im ah thinkin you shold turn off CNN, MSMBC and get your head clear so you can see the truth

Don Florus
Don Florus
Reply to  Christine Tongel
7 months ago

Where do you get your facts, CNN? Hahahaha