Trump no longer in contempt of court due to newly reviewed documents

A New York judge ruled Wednesday that former President Donald Trump is no longer being held in contempt of court for failure to turn over documents demanded by the state attorney general in cooperation with her investigation.   

The former president was held in contempt on April 25 after he contested a December subpoena seeking records relating to his personal financial business and financing of several properties, according to CBS News.

Trump asserted that the documents requested had no bearing on the investigation, and the former president’s representation demanded that the New York Attorney General Letitia James provide detailed explanations of how they conducted their search and later proved their case that the documents were irrelevant.

“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,” Alina Habba, an attorney for Trump, said in a text message. “We will push ahead with our appeal to secure justice for our client.”

Up until May 6, when Trump’s attorneys first provided an explanation of their efforts to locate the records that had been subpoenaed, he was penalized $10,000 per day.

Since then, the judge and the attorney general have requested affidavits from twenty Trump Organization employees and lawyers in an effort to uncover how the eponymous business of Donald Trump has reportedly maintained almost no records on the personal finances of its namesake for a decade.

The majority of the workers who submitted affidavits depicted a business with few clear standards regarding the deletion and storage of records pertaining to Trump’s personal finances, leaving such decisions to individuals or, in some cases, their department leaders.

In a letter dated June 8 to the court, Habba highlighted that the Trump Organization had provided “a great amount” of documents containing Trump’s “handwritten annotations.” Eight exhibits were attached to Habba’s letter, including multiple images of golfing great Gary Player on which Trump had scribbled “Great,” as well as several legal and design documents in which he had written “OK.” A note from his daughter was also found on a development paperwork for a Trump resort in Doral, Florida.