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Trump pays contempt fine


His legal team is expected to file additional documents today related to a sprawling civil financial fraud probe by New York.
Donald Trump has paid the after he was held in contempt by a New York judge, according to a spokesperson for New York Attorney General Letitia James. He has not yet filed more than a dozen affidavits due today to purge the contempt finding, but a source with his legal team confirmed to CBS News that they intend to. Trump was held in contempt April 25 after requiring he turn over documents to investigators conducting a sprawling civil financial fraud probe for New York Attorney General Letitia James. The subpoena sought documents related to Trump’s personal finances, as well as information related to the financing of several properties. Trump was fined $10,000 per day through May 6, the date of his most recent attempt to satisfy Judge Arthur Engoron’s demands. In response to the May 6 filing, Engoron halted the fine and suspended the contempt finding, but said he was still unsatisfied with Trump’s explanation of how he and his attorneys managed to find zero documents that complied with the subpoena. Engoron gave Trump until May 20 to file a long list of additional affidavits detailing his attorneys’ search for records and electronic devices, and explanations of the Trump Organization’s document retention and destruction policies. Trump and his company were also required to cooperate with a long-delayed court mandated discovery effort by a third party company tasked with sorting through years of corporate records. The firm completed its discovery on Thursday, the same day Trump’s payment was delivered. After Trump’s team submits the affidavits, Engoron will decide if they satisfy the terms of the subpoena for which Trump was held in contempt. If they are not satisfactory, the contempt finding can be reinstated retroactive to May 7, meaning Trump would owe an additional $130,000.

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