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New York’s attorney general formally asked a judge on Thursday to hold former President Donald Trump “in contempt of court” and fine him $10,000 a day for his refusal to turn over evidence, even after a state judge ordered it.

Trump would face the proposed fine each day he fails to turn over evidence he has already been ordered to provide.

Trump and his family’s corporate empire are under attack from AG Letitia James, whose investigation into the company’s alleged bank fraud has reached a turning point. The company has just a month to turn over the evidence, while Trump and two of his adult children risk being grilled by investigators.

Following a show of legal clowning on February 17, New York State Judge Arthur F. Engoron ordered former president Don Jr. and Ivanka Trump to sit down to testify under oath for their alleged role in a long-running commercial fraud scheme. That order is now making its way through state appellate courts.

Judge asks Trump Org to stop blocking the release of evidence

Importantly, the judge also ordered the former president to hand over documents related to his allegedly false statements of financial condition, which his own accountants at Mazars USA recently disavowed as completely unreliable.

Trump was also ordered to comply with the Dec. 1 subpoena by turning over “documents and communications” related to his funding of the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago, the planned development of the sprawling Seven Springs estate. in Upstate New York and any claims. of the extravagant wealth he made at Forbes magazine.

Now the state’s attorney general is asking the judge to increase the pressure on Trump to still not turn over those documents. According to James’ office, the evidence was due March 3 and Trump was granted an extension he requested to push it back to the end of March. But as of April 7, investigators still do not have it in their possession.

A spokesperson for the former president did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Neither did his defense attorneys in this case.

Why is the Manhattan DA returning evidence in the Trump case?

The AG’s longstanding investigation — limited to a possible civil case against Trump, his executives and his company — appears to have reached its final stage. The company only has a few weeks left to hand over the evidence requested by investigators three years ago.

Meanwhile, all eyes are on James and his team now that the parallel criminal investigation at the Manhattan District Attorney’s office seems to be running out of steam. The two lead prosecutors in that case have resigned in protest at DA Alvin Bragg Jr.’s apparent reluctance to approve an impeachment of the former president, and his office has begun turning over evidence to witnesses.

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