Judge lifts contempt order against Trump in New York civil trial

Former US President Donald Trump arrives at Trump Tower in Manhattan on August 15, 2021 in New York City.

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A New York judge reversed Wednesday warrant for contempt of court against the former president Donald Trump it was imposed after he failed to comply with a subpoena as part of a state investigation into his business.

New York Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron said in a court filing that he lifted the contempt order after reviewing “recent additional submissions” from Trump’s legal team.

New York Attorney General Leticia James, whose office is conducting the civil investigation of the Trump Organization, agreed that the newly filed documents were enough to overturn the order, the judge wrote.

“It is hereby ordered in contempt of the defendant Donald J. Trump to be removed,” wrote Engoron.

Even for you A $110,000 fine that Trump paid as part of his contempt terms, Engoron ordered the money remain in the attorney general’s escrow account pending the outcome of an appeal.

A spokesman for James’ office declined CNBC’s request for comment.

Alina Haba, a lawyer for Trump, said in a statement to CNBC: “While we are pleased that the court overturned the contempt finding, we maintain that it was completely unjustified and improper in the first place. We will continue with our appeal to ensure justice for our client.”

James investigates allegations that The Trump Organization has been misreported the stated grades of some of his real estate assets for financial gain.

Engoron’s order on Wednesday afternoon came more than two months later he despised Trump to the court for failing to serve documents pursuant to a subpoena from James’ office.

The attorney general accused Trump of “trying to avoid” a court order to fully comply with the investigation. Trump and his lawyers had affidavits submitted to Engoron, arguing that they did not have any additional documents to hand over, but the judge found them “insufficient”.

As part of the contempt order, Trump had to pay a fine of $10,000 every day until he was found to be in compliance with the court’s requirements.

Days after the judge’s order, Trump appealed the contempt finding and asked the appeals court to stay Engoron’s order pending the trial. Appellate Division rejected this request.

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