Trump pays $110,000 fine, contempt order not lifted: New York AG

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Trump pays $110,000 fine, contempt order not lifted: New York AG

Former US President Donald Trump attends a rally in Perry, Georgia, on September 25, 2021.

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Former President Donald Trump paid a $110,000 fine imposed on him under a court contempt order but has so far failed to take all necessary steps to have the order overturned, the New York Attorney General’s office said on Friday With.

Trump must meet all of the requirements for the contempt injunction to be lifted by Friday. If he fails to do so, he could be fined $10,000 a day again.

Alina Habba, an attorney for Trump, did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.

Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron last month condemned Trump with contempt after New York Attorney General Letitia James’ office argued that Trump failed to comply with a subpoena to produce documents as part of his civil investigation.

The Attorney General’s Office is investigating allegations that the Trump Organization illegally manipulated the reported values ​​of various properties in order to obtain financial benefits when applying for loans, purchasing insurance policies and paying taxes.

Engoron’s contempt order required Trump to pay $10,000 a day unless he complied with the subpoena. Last week, the judge said he would vacate the contempt order if the former president meets certain conditions by Friday.

Trump has met some of those conditions, a spokesman for James’ office said. Trump paid $110,000 to the bureau on Thursday, and a digital forensics firm conducted a required review of his files later that same day, according to the spokesman.

But as of 12:15 p.m. ET Friday, the former president’s attorneys had failed to meet a third condition: the submission of new affidavits that provide more detail about their search for documents sought by investigators, the spokesman said.

Trump’s $10,000 daily fine was imposed on April 25. She was hired after Trump’s attorneys provided Engoron with 66 pages of documents on May 6 detailing her efforts to locate the paperwork requested by James’ office.