- Donald Trump faces “a bunch of other problems” if he runs out of personal business documents to turn over to a New York investigation, a judge ruled on Friday.
- The warning was issued by NY AG attorney Letitia James, after a Trump lawyer repeatedly said there were no more documents.
- The judge ruled Friday that Trump remains contemptuous for failing to comply with James’ subpoena.
Donald Trump faces “a bunch of other problems” if he runs out of personal business documents to turn over to a New York investigation into his business, a Manhattan judge ruled on Friday.
The not-so-veiled warning was issued by a lawyer for the New York Attorney General’s Office, Letitia James, during a hastily called conference before the judge overseeing several subpoena disputes between the AG and Trump.
New York Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron had brought the parties together to discuss the contempt order and the $10,000-a-day fine the judge imposed on Monday.
Engoron ruled on Friday that the contempt order and fine will continue – but first Trump and James’ lawyers had heated exchanges over how Trump was able to produce documents personal commercials for the AG’s three-year investigation into Trump. Organization.
Trump’s lawyer, Alina Habba, has repeatedly said that Trump simply has no more documents to provide.
Those protests prompted AG attorney Kevin Wallace to hint at things to come. Trump could face additional liability for withholding documents from the investigation, Wallace suggested, beyond any potential accusations of financial wrongdoing from the investigation itself.
“There’s really nothing left in his custody,” for Trump to turn around, Habba told the judge.
“I’ll be blunt,” Wallace said, his tone ominous. “If that’s all there is…it raises a bunch of other issues.”
The AG has been exploring the universe of Trump Organization business records for more than two years as it investigates whether Trump misrepresented the value of his properties to garner millions in bank loans and tax breaks.
James’ lawyers have repeatedly said in hearings and in court documents that they learned of some of Trump’s missing personal business records, not from Trump, but from others. witnesses and by the recent work of an independent, court-ordered document search firm. , Haystacks ID.
“We have read the Haystacks reports,” AG lawyer Andrew Amer acknowledged. “Things weren’t collected,” prior to the research company’s work, he said. “Things have not been imaged. There are huge gaps and holes.”
James had expanded on those shortcomings in an April 7 filing.
“To date, the Trump Organization has produced approximately ten documents from Mr. Trump’s custody records,” the filing reads, an oft-repeated complaint from the AG.
Only seven, according to the filing, come from Trump’s so-called “chron files,” a collection of documents organized in chronological order dating back years, and which the AG believes reside in filing cabinets at headquarters. Trump Organization at Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.
Those seven documents, handed over by the Trump Organization on Feb. 9, total 542 pages, according to the filing.
This installment of documents “appears incomplete and to some extent unanswered,” the filing said. “It contains incomplete correspondence and superfluous and irrelevant material, such as a document explaining whether a Trump Organization security officer should be licensed to carry a handgun,” the filing said.
But neither Trump nor the Trump Organization turned over “documents that should logically be part of Mr. Trump’s production,” the filing said.
This includes documents relating to Trump
and tax and audit documents relating to prior litigation against Trump, the filing said.
Meanwhile, Trump’s longtime personal assistant Rhona Graff ghosted the AG, according to the filing: “HaystacksID attempted to contact his attorney several times but received no response.”
Trump, through attorney Habba, has begun the process of appealing the contempt order.
Trump denied wrongdoing at the Trump Organization and called the investigation by James, a Democrat, a politically biased witch hunt.