Trump scores legal victory against NY attorney general

CBS News reports that a New York judge has decided to no longer hold former President Donald Trump in contempt of court. 

Trump, though, isn’t in the clear just yet.

Background

This all stems from the multi-year investigation that New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) has been leading into Trump and his company, the Trump Organization.

James claims that her investigative team has found evidence “showing that Donald J. Trump and the Trump Organization used fraudulent and misleading financial statements to obtain economic benefit.” Trump, on the other hand, maintains that this is little more than another politically motivated “witch hunt.”

It was on April 25 that the judge overseeing the case decided to hold Trump in contempt of court. The judge did so after Trump contested a subpoena from James that sought various records having to do with his personal finances and the financing of some of his properties.

Trump told the judge that he didn’t have anything that would satisfy the subpoena, which is what led to Trump being held in contempt. It also led to the judge requiring Trump and his legal team to provide explanations of how it was that they searched for the requested documents.

From April 25 through May 6, Trump was fined $10,000 per day.

The latest

Trump’s attornies did provide explanations of their search for the requested documents. And, affidavits were obtained from some two dozen Trump Organization employees and attorneys.

Now, the judge has finally ended the contempt of court charge. It turns out that the employees’ affidavits supported what Trump told the court, namely, that “it has been my customary practice to delegate document handling and retention responsibilities to my executive assistants.”

James, herself, even had to support the lifting of the contempt of court charge, admitting, “it is not apparent what else, if anything, [Trump] and his counsel can be ordered to do.”

After the contempt ruling was lifted, Trump’s attorney, Alina Habba, put out this statement:

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. We will push ahead with our appeal to secure justice for our client.

Although the contempt charge is now lifted, Trump, though, still isn’t in the clear. He and two of his children, Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr. are being forced to participate in a court-ordered deposition that will take place in mid-July.

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