A judge had ordered Trump to pay $10,000 a day for failing to produce documents related to the tax case.
A New York judge said Wednesday that he is close to releasing former US President Donald Trump from a contempt ruling, but only if the former president meets certain conditions, including paying $110,000 in accumulated fines for failing to produce documents in a civil investigation. state.
Judge Arthur Engoron said he will conditionally lift Trump’s contempt ruling if, by May 20, Trump files additional affidavits detailing efforts to search for records and explaining his and his company’s document retention policies, a company he hired to help in the search completes his work and pays the fines.
The contempt order could be restored if those conditions are not met, Engoron said.
Engoron said in a virtual hearing that a $10,000-a-day fine it imposed on Trump in late April stopped piling up Friday, when Trump and his lawyers filed new affidavits detailing the steps they took to find relevant documents for prosecutors. New York State General Letitia James. research.
Trump has said he has no relevant files, a claim Engoron said last month that he found surprising.
James has said his investigation has found evidence that the Trump Organization, which manages hotels, golf courses and other real estate around the world, has provided banks and tax authorities with misleading financial information to obtain financial benefits such as favorable loans. and tax exemptions.
Trump, a Republican, denies any wrongdoing and says the investigation is politically motivated. James is a Democrat.
Trump’s attorney, Alina Habba, said in the May 6 filing that the responses to the subpoena were complete and correct and no relevant documents or information were withheld.
Habba conducted searches of Trump’s offices and private rooms at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, and his residence in Mar-a-Lago, Florida, according to the filing, but found no relevant documents not already produced. . The filing also detailed searches of other locations, including filing cabinets and storage areas at the Trump Organization offices in New York.
In a separate affidavit included with the filing, Trump stated that there is no relevant document that has not yet been filed.
He added that he owns two mobile phones: an iPhone for personal use that he presented in March to be searched as part of the subpoena, and then presented again in May; as well as a second phone that she recently received and is only used for posting on Truth Social, the social network that started after her ban from Twitter, Facebook and other platforms.
Also Wednesday, a state appeals court will hear oral arguments in Trump’s appeal in another subpoena matter: Engoron’s Feb. 17 ruling requiring him to answer questions under oath in the James investigation.