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Former President Donald Trump Credit: Image by Pete Linforth from Pixabay

Attorney General Letitia James finally got a ruling she has sought for tirelessly. On Monday, New York Supreme Court Judge Arthur Engoron found Trump in contempt of court for not turning over documents after he was ordered to comply with a subpoena from the state’s attorney general.

Trump, who had been pulling every trick in the book to avoid surrendering his personal documents, was ordered to pay $10,000 a day until he presents the demand for the requested documents.

“Today, justice prevailed,” James said in a statement. “For years, Donald Trump has tried to evade the law and stop our lawful investigation into him and his company’s financial dealings. Today’s ruling makes clear: No one is above the law.”

Judge Engoron also rejected Trump’s challenge to the subpoena for his records and testimony in February. He ordered him to sit for a deposition and release all the documents at his disposal. According to Alina Habba, Trump’s personal attorney, an appeal will be entered to challenge the contempt ruling.

“We respectfully disagree with the court’s decision,” Habba said in a statement. “All documents responsive to the subpoena were produced to the attorney general months ago. The only issue raised by the attorney general at today’s hearing was with an affidavit submitted which copied the form mandated by the attorney general. This does not even come close to meeting the standard on a motion for contempt and, thus, we intend to appeal.”

Habba also added that a search for any relevant documents in Trump’s possession found that they were all under the control of his company, the Trump organization.

Attempts to reach the attorney general about the difference between Trump and the Trump organization were unsuccessful.

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