Trump pays $110,000 in bid to have contempt charge purged in New York

According to the state’s attorney general former President Donald Trump paid $110,000 to have a contempt judgment against him lifted in New York.

A Manhattan judge had fined the ex-president for not complying with a subpoena related to the investigation of his businesses.

Trump also provided a report verifying that his examination of all of his documents is complete and that all responsive documents have been sent to New York Attorney General Letitia James’ office.

According to a representative for the New York attorney general’s office, he has failed to submit more affidavits documenting his document searches, destruction, and retention.

The spokeswoman stated, “All three of these conditions had to be met by today to purge the contempt order.”

The ruling Trump is appealing was issued on April 25 and fines him $10,000 every day until he obeys the court’s demands to give over the materials. Judge Arthur Engoron of the New York Supreme Court has threatened to reinstate the contempt of court ruling and apply it retrospectively if Trump fails to submit the affidavits by the end of Friday.

Trump paid the contempt of court fine on Thursday, but James’ office said he still needs to submit further documentation to have the contempt order lifted.

The state of New York’s attorney general is investigating whether the Trump Organization falsified asset valuations for tax and financial gain. She’s looking for records from three of Trump’s mobile devices, as well as paperwork from his office.

On April 29, Trump attempted to appeal the contempt of court order, claiming he lacked the documentation James was seeking for. Engoron dismissed Trump’s appeal, claiming that his declaration was “completely devoid of any useful detail.”

Former President Bill Clinton has accused James of having political motives in her probe and has denied any misconduct.