Donald Trump said in an affidavit that he personally had no documents subpoenaed by New York Attorney General Letitia James. Trump wasby a New York judge on Monday and fined $10,000 a day for failing to turn over the documents.
Trump appealed the contempt finding, and in a trio of affidavits filed Wednesday, he and his lawyers insisted his legal team had sought documents in response to James’ extensive civil fraud investigation. .
“To the best of my knowledge, I do not have any of the documents requested in the subpoena dated December 1, 2021 in my personal possession, and if there are any documents responding to the subpoena, I believe they would be in possession or custody of the Trump Organization,” Trump said in the filing.
The subpoena sought documents related to Trump’s personal finances, as well as information related to the financing of several properties.
james officeafter Trump missed a court-ordered March 31 deadline to turn over subpoenaed material.
In court on Monday, Trump attorney Alina Habba said she oversaw the search for documents and promised to provide the court with insight into her efforts. But that promise came too late for New York Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron.
“Mr. Trump, I know you take your business seriously, and I take mine seriously, I hereby hold you in civil contempt and fine you $10,000 a day,” Engoron said before striking. his hammer.
Habba said in her affidavit that she searched several Trump Organization locations and interviewed Trump at Mar-a-Lago on March 17.
Andrew Amer, a lawyer in James’s office, said in a response filing that the Trump team’s explanations weren’t good enough to overturn the contempt finding.
He said no effort was made to search Trump’s electronics and called Habba’s efforts “insufficient”.
“Ms. Habba should identify each of Mr. Trump’s properties where he maintains a ‘private residence’ and/or ‘personal office’ and describe in detail the efforts undertaken to search the files held at each of those locations for relevant documents.” , wrote Amer.
Trump and two of his children, Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump, were ordered on February 17 toat James . They have appealed the appearance order and are awaiting a decision on that appeal. Trump did not challenge a separate part of that Feb. 17 decision in which he was ordered to comply with James’ subpoena for documents.
James’ office claimed in a February press release that its extensive investigation had gathered evidence “showing that Donald J. Trump and the Trump Organization used fraudulent and misleading financial statements to gain economic advantage.” The original focus of the investigation was to find out whether the Trump Organization had inflated asset valuations while seeking loans and insurance coverage, and deflated their value to reduce tax liability.
Trump and his company have repeatedly denied all allegations of wrongdoing. Habba reiterated on Monday, calling the investigation a “political crusade.”