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New York AG asks court to hold Trump in contempt and fined $10,000 a day

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York attorney general on Thursday asked a court to hold former President Donald Trump in contempt and fine him $10,000 a day for failing to comply with a subpoena for documents in its ongoing civil investigation into its business practices.

Attorney General Letitia James has argued in court papers that Trump should be fined “an amount sufficient to compel him to comply” after he missed a court-mandated March 31 deadline to hand over the documents. .

Trump is appealing a February court ruling requiring him to answer questions under oath in the civil investigation, but has not appealed a ruling setting a deadline for him to provide documents, James said.
A message seeking comment was left for Trump’s attorney.

James, a Democrat, said her investigation into the former Republican president’s business practices uncovered evidence he may have misjudged the value of assets such as golf courses and skyscrapers in its financial statements for more than a decade.

His office said it was seeking Trump’s testimony and documents as it worked to determine whether the misrepresented values ​​presented to lenders, tax authorities and other business interests constituted fraud and, in the affirmative, who committed this fraud.

Last week, in a related case, a judge ordered weekly progress reports from a digital forensics firm that Trump’s company, the Trump Organization, had hired to provide evidence to James’ office, which had done worry that the process will go slower than expected. The company must hand over all requested evidence by April 22, the judge said.

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