Trump pays $110,000 fine after being held in contempt by New York judge

Judge Arthur Engoron fined Mr Trump $10,000 a day from 25 April until 6 May

Graeme Massie
Los Angeles
Friday 20 May 2022 20:22 BST
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Donald Trump has paid the $110,000 fine he was hit with after being held in contempt by a New York judge for failing to turn over documents to investigators.

The former president was held in contempt on 25 April after failing to comply with a subpoena that he hand over papers to investigators carrying out a civil financial investigation for the office of New York’s attorney general Letitia James.

The documents are related to Mr Trump’s personal finances and the financing of several of his namesake company’s properties.

Judge Arthur Engoron fined Mr Trump $10,000 a day until 6 May, and agreed several days later to lift the contempt order if the fine was paid and additional affidavits in the case were filed by Friday.

The attorney general’s office confirmed that the fine had been paid but that Mr Trump still needed to file the extra paperwork, according to The Associated Press.

Mr Trump has also told her office that he does not “know the whereabouts” of several phones that investigators want to look at, and claims that a Samsung he used while in the White House “was taken from me at some point while I was President.”

Ms James, who is a Democrat and Black, has accused Mr Trump’s company, theTrump Organization, of misstating the value of assets such as golf courses and skyscrapers on financial statements.

In response, Mr Trump, a Republican, has branded the investigation “racist” and called it a politically driven “witch hunt.” Mr Trump has sued her office in federal court in an attempt to have the investigation closed.

Mr Trump, Donald Trump Jr and Ivanka Trump, were ordered on 17 February to appear for depositions in the case, but have appealed the order and are awaiting a final decision.

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