NY Supreme Court justice orders Trump Org to comply with NY attorney general subpoenas

For more than two years now, New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) has sought to obtain a wide variety of documents and records from the Trump Organization, an effort that former President Donald Trump and his people have fought in court to prevent.

A New York State Supreme Court justice just settled the matter Monday, though, and ordered the Trump Organization to comply with certain subpoenas issued by the attorney general’s office by the end of April, the Washington Examiner reported.

The judge’s order applies to subpoenas demanding access to materials on employee devices but attorneys for the Trump Organization insisted there was only one device remaining that hadn’t yet been turned over — a phone that belongs to an organization lawyer named Alan Garten.

The subpoenas are part of AG James’ investigation into allegations first raised in 2019 by disgraced former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen that the organization routinely inflated the value of certain assets for business deals while devaluing those same assets for tax liability purposes, allegations the Trump Organization has flatly denied.

Compliance schedule set

In a 3-page order from New York Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron, a third-party monitoring the compliance of the Trump Organization with the subpoenas known as HaystackID was told to produce weekly reports on the status of that compliance.

Likewise, the Trump Organization was ordered to also file its own reports in response to the Haystack reports and provide explanations for any noncompliance. Haystack was ordered to complete its final report by April 22 and the Trump Organization had until April 29 to complete its final response, with a final status conference between all parties scheduled for April 25.

According to CNN, the schedule ordered by the judge was the result of in-person negotiations on Monday by attorneys from the Trump Organization and the Attorney General’s Office in a status conference hearing with the justice.

“We are pleased with this order which will continue to hold Donald J. Trump and the Trump Organization accountable,” AG James said in a statement following the agreement. “Once again, it sends a clear message that no one is above the law.”

Other fights remain

“I hope we are winding down this whole investigation,” Justice Engoron said during the conference, according to the Wall Street Journal. “One thing all of us can agree on is we want this to end at some point.”

It does appear that, at least with regard to the subpoenas for employee devices, this particular fight between the New York attorney general and the Trump Organization will soon be over.

According to the Examiner, though, there are other fights between those two parties that will continue for now, such as over subpoenas for depositions from Trump himself as well as two of his adult children, Don Jr. and Ivanka, as well as subpoenas for tax documents from the Trump Organizations former accounting firm.

It appears at this point that the former president and his family business have yet to issue any comment in regard to the judge’s orders for compliance.

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