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    Former President Donald Trump stands on the 18th green during the Pro-Am tournament before the LIV Golf series at Trump National Doral, Oct. 27, 2022.Jasen Vinlove | USA Today Sports | Reuters Former President Donald Trump on Friday morning voluntarily dropped a longshot federal lawsuit in Florida against New York's attorney general — a day after the same judge in the case sanctioned him and his lawyer nearly $1 million for filing another, "frivolous" lawsuit against Hillary Clinton and many other defendants. The judge, John Middlebrooks, pointedly noted in a scathing sanction order Thursday evening in the Clinton case that he was also handling Trump's complaint against Attorney General Letitia James in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Middlebrooks ordered Trump, who is seeking the 2024 GOP presidential nomination, and his lawyer Alina Habba to pay Clinton and other defendants around $938,0000 for filing the suit that the judge previously dismissed. Trump's suit had accused Clinton and the others of conspiring to create a false narrative during the 2016 presidential election that his campaign was colluding with...
    Former President Donald Trump has dropped his lawsuit against New York Attorney General Letitia James in the U.S. District court for the Southern District of Florida. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER Trump filed the lawsuit against James claiming she had violated his First and 14th Amendment rights by targeting him with her legal action against him and his organization This is a breaking story and will be updated Opinion Biden’s presidency is halfway over — if voters have common sense By: Tom Joyce
    Former President Donald Trump went after two of his favorite targets again on Truth Social Friday: a New York judge handling a number of his court cases and New York's Attorney General Letitia James.  Trump called Judge Arthur Engoron a 'highly political, biased Judge, who is totally controlled by my worst enemies.'  'His rulings and manner are SICK,' the ex-president dramatically wrote.  On Thursday, Engoron imposed a monitor of the Trump Organization's financial statements due to the ongoing civil lawsuit alleging fraud by James' office.  'He gave his quick hearing, & ridiculous decision, right before Midterms - A No No!' Trump complained in a Truth Social post dashed off around 7 a.m.  He also engaged in assorted name-calling of James.  'You have a Corrupt, Racist, Weak on Crime Attorney General, Letitia "Peekaboo" James, who campaigned on "I will get Trump, even though she knew NOTHING about me,' he wrote.  Though he said Engoron was 'worse than Peekaboo, and a real "Trump Hater."'  Overnight, Trump targeted the duo as well.  Trump called Engoron a 'Radical Left Lunatic Judge' and suggested he controlled a 'newspaper dedicated...
    The entrance to Trump Tower on 5th Avenue is pictured in the Manhattan borough of New York City, May 19, 2021.Shannon Stapleton | Reuters A New York state judge has approved the appointment of a special monitor to oversee the Trump Organization's financial statements and reports, and has barred the company from transferring any non-cash assets without notifying the court and state attorney general's office in advance. The ruling from Judge Arthur Engoron on Thursday is a significant blow to Trump and three of his adult children, who were named in a sweeping lawsuit brought in September by New York Attorney General Letitia James. The suit accused the Trumps and other senior Trump Organization officials of decades of fraud related to financial statements. Engoron's written order said the appointment of an independent monitor was justified given the "persistent misrepresentations throughout every one of Mr. Trump's [Statements of Financial Condition] between 20112 and 2021." The monitor would "ensure there is no further fraud or illegality that violates" the New York state law prohibiting fraud.CNBC PoliticsRead more of CNBC's politics coverage: ...
    There was an intervention among Donald Trump’s lawyers on Wednesday night, according to New York Times “Trump whisperer” Maggie Haberman and her co-authors. The intervention wasn’t one in which loving family members gathered around to read their letters asking their loved one to get some help. Instead, it was a legal team desperately trying to tell the former president that his “primal scream of a lawsuit” against New York Attorney General Letitia James was ill-advised. It’s been a difficult legal week for Donald Trump where he was forced to settle a long-fought case brought by protesters because the Bronx court couldn’t find any jurors who didn’t hate the former president. The previous week was worse, however, with his fraud case going to trial, the Justice Department bearing down and talking of an indictment after Election Day. Trump’s lawyers tried to tell the Florida lawyers that filing a frivolous lawsuit would not only fail but it could result in legal malpractice. Florida has laws against so-called “frivolous lawsuits,” which could mean that if Trump files one he could be subjected to...
    Former President Donald Trump filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against New York Attorney General Letitia James to prevent her from appointing a watchdog on a revocable trust, saying she is embarking on a "crusade" against him. In the 41-page lawsuit filed in Florida's 15th Judicial Circuit Court, Trump argued that the watchdog would be "prying" because he uses the trust to manage his assets, he said in a statement on Wednesday, per the Hill. TOP FIVE TAKEAWAYS: HERE’S WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT LETITIA JAMES’S FRAUD LAWSUIT AGAINST TRUMP “Crooked and highly partisan James now thinks it is the business of the State of New York to go after my revocable trust and pry into my private estate plan, only to look for ways to recklessly injure me, my family, my businesses, and my tens of millions of supporters," Trump wrote. He added that if he were "not elected President of the United States, and now leading in the polls by substantial margins against both Democrats and Republicans, this would not be happening." Trump is also...
    AP Photo/José Luis Villegas Fight disinformation: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter and follow the news that matters.New York Attorney General Letitia James asked a judge on Thursday to appoint an independent financial monitor to oversee Donald Trump’s finances until her $250 million civil fraud lawsuit against him is resolved. James cited what she said was ongoing evidence of continuing fraud on the part of Trump and his company, including the creation of an entirely new corporate entity named “Trump Organization II LLC” on September 21, the same day James originally filed her suit. The new company could be part of an attempt to hide assets, James said. James’ lawsuit accuses Trump, his adult children, and his companies of fraudulently manipulating statements detailing the former president’s net worth to get better deals from banks and insurance companies.  “Since we filed this sweeping lawsuit last month, Donald Trump and the Trump Organization have continued those same fraudulent practices and taken measures to evade responsibility,” James said in a statement Thursday. “Today, we are seeking an immediate stop to these...
    The New York Attorney General asked a judge on Thursday to immediately freeze the Trump Organization from moving its assets out of the state, anticipating that former President Donald Trump might shift money away from his business to protect it from the AG’s $250 million lawsuit against the family company. AG Letitia James is also asking to have a court monitor immediately oversee the company’s financial activities to prevent it from continuing to misrepresent assets and liabilities on bank loan applications. Her office’s court filing on Thursday claims that Trump and one of his adult executive sons, Eric Trump, continue to dodge a court process server to avoid being officially notified of the impending lawsuit. It’s the latest sign that Trump is relying on his previous legal tactic of delaying the investigation at every turn. “The Trump Organization offered no assurances” that it would not transfer large sums of money out of the state while the case is pending, her office claimed in a court filing. Last month, James concluded her office’s three-year investigation into the Trumps that explored...
    Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a rally in Warren, Michigan, U.S., October 1, 2022. Dieu-nalio Chery | Reutersm The New York Attorney General's Office on Thursday asked a judge to bar former President Donald Trump from moving his businesses to a new holding company amid a pending civil lawsuit accusing him, three of his children, and the Trump Organization of widespread fraud. That request is spurred by concerns that the AG's office would have difficulty getting Trump to pay a fine, if he loses the suit, as a result of his assets being held by a company that is not named as a defendant in the case. On Sept. 21, the same day that Attorney General Letitia James sued Trump and the other defendants, her office saw that the Trump Organization had registered a new company. James also Thursday asked the Manhattan Supreme Court judge to order Trump not to use a new statement of his business' financial conditions in dealings with banks. "Our investigation uncovered the fact that Donald Trump and the Trump Organization engaged in significant fraud...
    New York’s Attorney General is planning to put the Trumps and their family company on trial for business fraud next year, according to a letter the AG’s office submitted in court on Thursday. In that Thursday court filing, New York AG Letitia James’ office disclosed its intention to fast-track its new $250 million civil lawsuit against the Trump Organization, citing it as a reason why the case should remain in the hands of the New York state judge who is already intimately familiar with the investigation. “OAG intends to seek an expedited preliminary conference to set a trial date before the end of 2023. Allowing for an expedited trial schedule on an enforcement proceeding after extensive litigation over subpoena enforcement is precisely the circumstance that warrants keeping this case before Justice Engoron in the interests of judicial economy,” wrote assistant attorney general Kevin Wallace, one of the investigators on the case. Former President Donald Trump and the heirs to his real estate and marketing empire—Don Jr., Ivanka, and Eric—engaged in delay tactics that severely slowed down the investigation for...
    by William A. Jacobson   The New York Attorney General’s Office is a powerful institution, comprised of over 650 assistant attorney generals and 1,700 employees, with statutory criminal and civil enforcement authority over almost every aspect of life in the state. With that great power comes great responsibility to be politically neutral, to enforce the laws not for political gain and not to exact political revenge. Concerns over past prosecutorial abuse of power led to the creation in 2021 of the New York Commission on Prosecutorial Conduct, designed to hold prosecutors “to the highest ethical standards in the exercise of their duties.” Political neutrality of prosecutors in the conduct of their duties is at the core of what our system of justice should look like. Unfortunately, political neutrality is not what Attorney General Letitia James has delivered. Instead, James ran for office on a promise to get Donald Trump on something, anything, and has conducted herself in office to exact political revenge on the former president, his businesses, and his family. Her legion of prosecutors and investigators have poured over and looked into every nook and...
    MSNBC host Ari Melber dismissed Fox News as a “MAGA snowflake bubble” after Lara Trump appeared on the network. She criticized a lawsuit by the New York attorney general against her family’s company. On Wednesday, New York AG Letitia James announced a $250 million suit against the Trump Organization alleging it overinflated assets to get low-interest loans. It’s also seeking to prevent Trump family members who work for the company from ever running a business in the state again. Lara Trump’s husband Eric Trump serves as an executive vice president at the company his father Donald Trump owns. Melber aired a clip of Lara defending the company on Fox News – several of whose hosts have vehemently criticized James’ actions – earlier in the day. “Sadly this has become commonplace for all of us in the Trump family, this sort of treatment and investigation and these allegations that always end up being false,” Trump said. “And you know what? We’re holding up fine because we know that there was no wrongdoing, that nothing happened here.” Melber turned to attorney and...
    Share this: Donald Trump and his company could face a range of stiff penalties if a court sides with New York’s attorney general in a sprawling fraud lawsuit filed against the former president Wednesday. For now, the Republican isn’t at risk of going to jail. The lawsuit brought by Attorney General Letitia James seeks civil penalties only for what she said was a decade of illicit attempts by Trump to mislead lenders, lower his insurance rates or reduce his taxes. Trump’s legal team contends that his financial practices were normal in the real estate industry and that James is waging an unfair political vendetta. His company has noted that some of the lenders that James alleges might have been deceived by Trump’s financial statements profited richly from the loans they gave to him.
    Donald Trump was once paid in gold bars that were wheeled into the Trump Tower apartment, new book claims as he faces sweeping $250m lawsuit from New York AG Letitia James for 'lying about the value of his property.' The forthcoming book by New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman called 'Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America' and obtained by CNN, reveals new details about his business dealings, including the gold bar payment.  She wrote that Trump used to sometimes receive lease payments in cash and that a leaseholder once gave him the gold bars covering the cash portion of the lease on a parking garage. The parking garage was in the General Motors building in Manhattan, bought by Trump in 1998. According to Haberman's book, Trump was clueless about what to do with the gold bars. He told Matt Calamari who was a security guard that became CEO of Trump's Organization to take the bars to his apartment in Trump Tower. But it is not known where the gold bars ended up. CNN reported that...
    Former President Donald Trump revealed on Wednesday he had thought New York Attorney General Letitia James would settle her case against him, which he said he had problems with because he is not guilty. The remarks came as the ex-president railed against James' $250 million lawsuit, claiming Trump lied about his property values.  Speaking with Sean Hannity from his home in Mar-a-Lago on Wednesday, Trump doubled down on his assertion that his property values are high, pointing to the decadence of Mar-a-Lago. That is when he revealed: 'I actually never thought that she would bring a case, and she brought it. And the reason I thought was because she didn't have a case.  'I was of the impression that she wanted to settle,' he claimed. 'But I had a problem because how do you pay something even if it's a small amount of money if you're not guilty.' The former president went on to refer to the lawsuit as 'just a continuation of a witch hunt that began when I came down the escalator of Trump Tower,' and suggested that James had been after him since she first...
    Former Attorney General Bill Barr took to the airwaves Wednesday to condemn New York AG Letitia James' civil lawsuit against Donald Trump – chiding her for trying to 'drag the children' into the matter. Barr – who recently condemned Trump for having kept government documents at his Florida club – blasted James' suit as 'gross overreach' and suggested it may have been politically motivated. 'This, to me, looks like gross overreach, which I think is going to end up backfiring on them, because I think it will make people sympathetic for Trump, that this is another example of people piling on because of Trump derangement syndrome, this strong desire to punish him,' Barr told Fox News. 'It's hard for me not to conclude it's a political hit job,' said Barr. Barr went on to accuse James of 'targeting' Trump, and pointed out as Trump himself has in the past that the AG campaigned on a pledge to investigate the then-president. Former Attorney General Bill Barr accused New York AG Letitia James accuse of 'targeting' Trump, and said she overreaches by trying...
    It’s not that the FBI’s raid on Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club was critical to the New York Attorney General filing a $250 million lawsuit against the Trump Organization on Wednesday. But it may have helped. That’s because, in a Trumpian twist of fate, the raid very well may bolster one part of New York AG Letitia James’ case against the former president: that he never fully turned over all the financial documents he was supposed to supply to her office. Tucked deep in the 222-page lawsuit—on page 205, to be exact—is a section on how the raid may prove that Trump and his lawyers never produced all the financial documents they were supposed to turn over to New York investigators, even after Trump was held in contempt of court for not handing over all of his business records. “Even after almost two years of litigation it appears that it may still be the case that not all responsive documents were produced,” the lawsuit reads. “Among other things, in litigation over a search warrant executed at Mar-a-Lago on August 8, 2022,...
    Former President Trump launched a fresh attack on New York attorney general Letitia James after she sued him for $250 million on accusations that he lied about his property values.  He called James, who is black, 'racist' and accused her of bringing forward the case to help her 'really bad poll numbers.'  'Another Witch Hunt by a racist Attorney General, Letitia James, who failed in her run for Governor, getting almost zero support from the public, and now is doing poorly against Law & Order A.G. candidate, highly respected Michael Henry,' Trump wrote in a post on Truth Social.  'I never thought this case would be brought - until I saw her really bad poll numbers. She is a fraud who campaigned on a “get Trump” platform, despite the fact that the city is one of the crime and murder disasters of the world under her watch!'  New York AG Letitia James announced Wednesday that her office is suing former President Donald Trump and his adult children James said that the president and his children engaged in 'numerous...
    Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, and Ivanka Trump are all being sued by New York Attorney General Letitia James in a massive civil lawsuit alleging they and others associated with his businesses “grossly inflated” his assets by “billions” of dollars. In a Wednesday news conference James says she is also referring criminal charges to federal authorities, including the Justice Department and the IRS, and her goal is to prohibit some of Trump’s businesses from operating in New York. Trump falsely inflated the value of his assets to obtain favorable loan rates and other benefits, and deflated the value of his assets to pay lower taxes, James said Wednesday, after a years-long investigation. She alleges he inflated his net worth “by billions of dollars to unjustly enrich himself and to cheat the system, thereby cheating all of us.” James repeatedly stressed Trump and others many times “pleaded the fifth,” which in civil cases can be seen as a possible sign of guilt, or, in legal terms, “adverse inference.” James explained how Trump falsely inflated the value of his...
    New York Attorney General Letitia James unveiled a civil fraud lawsuit against former President Donald Trump and three of his adult children Wednesday for the Trump Organization's manipulation of its asset valuations. James is calling for Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump, and Eric Trump to be barred from serving as "an officer or director in any corporation" or similar entity in New York. Furthermore, she is calling for Trump and his business empire to be barred from "entering into any New York State commercial real estate acquisition or from applying for loans" in New York for the next five years. James also revealed that her office uncovered evidence that the Trump Organization violated multiple state laws and is referring the matter to the appropriate agencies. NY ATTORNEY GENERAL INVESTIGATING TRUMP TEASES 'MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT' "Mr. Trump and the Trump Organization repeatedly and persistently manipulated the value of assets to induce banks to lend money to the Trump Organization on more favorable terms than would otherwise have been available to the company," she explained during a...
    The New York Attorney General is suing former President Donald Trump, his adult kids, and their family real estate company, capping off a three-year investigation into what her investigators deemed rampant business and tax fraud. The lawsuit, revealed at a press conference with New York AG Letitia James Wednesday morning, seeks to block the Trumps from serving as business executives and slam the Trump Organization with a whopping $250 million in fines. This story is developing and will be updated.
    A new analysis is explaining how former President Donald Trump may have lied about safety concerns to avoid appearing at the New York attorney general’s office weeks ago. In a new report, The Daily Beast’s Jose Pagilery breaks down Trump’s claims while also explaining why the former president’s arguments may be nothing more than an excuse to delay court proceedings. Days prior to Trump’s deposition, which was scheduled for August 10, the former president’s legal team submitted documents detailing his safety concerns about the attorney general’s office. READ MORE: Legal expert breaks down why Trump may be facing a 'greater legal threat' in Georgia as opposed to the Mar-a-Lago case Pagilery noted that Trump’s legal team, according to inside sources, “asked that the contentious interview at the AG’s office be relocated to a more comfortable, convenient spot for the former president: Trump Tower.” “In correspondence that was filed in secret, Trump’s legal team notified state investigators that the Secret Service was opposed to transporting him to the AG’s office in Manhattan’s Financial District, both sources said,” Pagilery wrote. “The...
    In confidential court documents, former President Donald Trump tried to squirm his way out of taking a trip to the New York Attorney General’s office last month, telling a judge that the Secret Service had security concerns about the AG’s office, according to two sources familiar with the matter. In the days before his Aug. 10 deposition, according to those two sources and a third person familiar with the discussions, Trump’s legal team asked that the contentious interview at the AG’s office be relocated to a more comfortable, convenient spot for the former president: Trump Tower. The excuse appalled those who read it, spurring them to speak to The Daily Beast. In correspondence that was filed in secret, Trump’s legal team notified state investigators that the Secret Service was opposed to transporting him to the AG’s office in Manhattan’s Financial District, both sources said. The letter cited some sort of safety concern related to having the former president at the 60-story skyscraper at 28 Liberty Street—which is located just across the street from a Trump-owned building. Notably, however, these...
    Chet Strange/Getty Images On his way into their meeting, former president Donald Trump went absolutely ballistic on New York Attorney General Letitia James over her civil investigation his business. On his way out hours later, he praised the meeting as “very professional” in a breezy Truth social post bragging about his company. Trump faced a deposition on Wednesday in the civil probe at AG James’ office. As the meeting approached, Trump put out a very angry statement accusing James of “hostility” and “retribution, in which he announced he would be pleading the Fifth. On Truth social and Rumble, he also posted four separate videos attacking the Attorney General, and then emailed each video in a separate email out to his various lists. But after the deposition, he had a different tune. “Just leaving the Attorney General’s Office – A very professional meeting. Have a fantastic company with great assets, very little debt, and lots of CASH. Only in America!” he posted on his social media network Truth Social. Source: Screenshot The Trump Organization has anything but “very little debt.”...
    by Richie Malouf   Former President Donald Trump appeared for a deposition with the state attorney general of New York on Wednesday and pleaded the Fifth when confronted about his family’s business practices. In a statement, Trump said he decided to invoke protection against self-incrimination under the advice of counsel. “I declined to answer the questions under the rights and privileges afforded to every citizen under the United States Constitution,” Trump said. A civil investigation, led by Attorney General Letitia James, has looked into business dealings by the Trump Organization. It involves lenders, tax authorities, and property values. This probe is unrelated to FBI activities that came to light earlier this week with a raid of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, where agents searched for official White House documents including potential classified ones. James said she had evidence the Trump family overvalued their property assets to gain favorable loans and insurance coverage while also deflating other assets at the same time to gain favorable tax cuts. “The Office of the Attorney General has collected significant additional evidence indicating that the Trump Organization...
    Donald Trump says he will not answer questions in a civil investigation of his business practices in New York. The former president invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination during a deposition on Wednesday morning, Aug. 10 at the office of New York Attorney General Letitia James. The move comes just two days after the FBI conducted a search at Trump's Mar-A-Lago compound in Palm Beach, Florida. The search was reportedly connected to classified documents that may have been taken from the White House to the compound instead of being turned over to the National Archives and Records Administration, as is required by federal law. Trump said in a statement shortly after the deposition was scheduled to begin that he “declined to answer the questions under the rights and privileges afforded to every citizen under the United States Constitution.” “I have absolutely no choice because the current Administration and many prosecutors in this Country have lost all moral and ethical bounds of decency," Trump said. The New York probe is reportedly examining the Trump Organization's finances and asset valuations, among other...
    Ivana Trump died at 73 on Thursday  New York attorney general Letitia James agreed to delay the deposition of Donald Trump and his children following the passing of their mother Ivana Trump.  Trump, Ivanka and Don Jr. were all set to testify next week in the New York attorney general's civil investigation into the Trump Organization's business practices.  A June 8 court-ordered agreement had compelled the family to give a deposition beginning Friday, July 15 and concluding the following week. It is not clear when the testimony will now. take place, but the AG's office made it clear the delay was 'temporary.'  'In light of the passing of Ivana Trump yesterday, we received a request from counsel for Donald Trump and his children to adjourn all three depositions, which we have agreed to,' James' communications director Delany Kempner said in a statement. 'This is a temporary delay and the depositions will be rescheduled as soon as possible. There is no other information about dates or otherwise to provide at this time.'  New York attorney general Letitia James agreed to delay...
    After six months of squabbling and dirty laundry airing in court, New York Attorney General Letitia James will finally get what she’s been after: the ability to depose former President Donald Trump under oath. And not only will she get Trump, she’ll also get to grill two of his adult children—Don Jr. and Ivanka—about alleged bank and tax fraud at the Trump Organization. On Wednesday, attorneys on both sides signed an agreement that would have the trio travel to New York City for a deposition on July 15. Investigators will ask them about their roles in the Trump Organization’s routine practice of massively inflating its corporate property values, which allegedly allowed them to acquire bank loans on more favorable terms in some cases and dodge taxes in another. The AG’s office initially sent subpoenas to them in December 2021 for depositions the following month. But the Trumps refused to show up. That led Justice Arthur F. Engoron to order them to testify and hold Trump himself in contempt of court—a historic move that showed how a state court judge could...
    (CNN)A federal judge dismissed former President Donald Trump's lawsuit against the New York attorney general that sought to stop her civil investigation into the Trump Organization.Judge Brenda Sannes said Trump could have raised the same claims in state court.Trump sued last year alleging New York Attorney General Letitia James violated his constitutional rights by investigating him in bad faith. Trump based his argument on statements James made during her campaign for attorney general. He asked to block the investigation or force James' recusal. New York appeals court rules Trump, Ivanka and Don Jr. must sit for depositionsIn throwing out the lawsuit, Sannes wrote: "In sum, the Court concludes that Plaintiffs could have raised the claims and requested the relief they seek in the federal action in the New York proceeding."Sannes added that to allow the lawsuit to proceed would interfere with ongoing state court actions, including New York Judge Arthur Engoron's order holding Trump in civil contempt for failing to comply with a subpoena for documents. Read More"Granting the relief Plaintiffs seek would have the practical effect of interfering with...
    Former President Donald TrumpCarlos Barria | Reuters An appeals court on Thursday rejected a bid by former President Donald Trump to avoid being compelled to answer questions under oath by investigators for New York Attorney General Letitia James as part of her civil investigation of Trump Organization business practices. The decision was the latest legal loss for Trump in his efforts to limit the probe by James, who is focused on allegations that the Trump Organization illegally manipulated the stated valuations of different real estate assets for financial gain. This is breaking news. Please check back for updates.TVWATCH LIVEWATCH IN THE APPUP NEXT | ETListen
    Former U.S. President Donald Trump attends a rally in Perry, Georgia, U.S. September 25, 2021.Dustin Chambers | Reuters Former President Donald Trump paid a $110,000 fine imposed as part of a contempt-of-court order against him, but has failed so far to take all the steps required to lift the order, the New York attorney general's office said Friday. Trump has until Friday to fulfill all of the requirements for the contempt order to be purged. If he does not do so, a $10,000-per-day fine against Trump could be reinstated. Alina Habba, an attorney for Trump, did not immediately respond to CNBC's request for comment. Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Arthur Engoron held Trump in contempt last month, after New York Attorney General Letitia James' office argued that Trump had failed to comply with a subpoena for documents as part of its civil investigation. The AG's office is looking into allegations that the Trump Organization illegally manipulated the stated values of different properties in order to obtain financial benefits when applying for loans, obtaining insurance policies and paying taxes. Engoron's contempt order...
    As the New York attorney general investigates the Trump Organization for cooking up fake property values on official documents, lawyers revealed Monday that one of the world’s largest commercial real estate companies is also under investigation for its role in the scheme: Cushman & Wakefield. On Monday, attorneys with the office of AG Letitia James said the real estate firm is now a central player in its expanding probe into alleged bank fraud by the Trump family corporation. “They’re right in the middle of this,” assistant attorney general Austin Thompson said in court, noting what investigators found as the firm’s key role in the Trump company’s “decade-long history of making false statements about its properties.” Cushman & Wakefield, which is based in Chicago but operates worldwide, provided advisers that helped former President Donald Trump’s company assess the value of its properties in California and New York. The company suddenly cut its ties to the Trump Organization in the days after the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection. The AG’s office has now taken the position that the company’s decision to distance itself...
    A New York judge on Monday held former President Donald Trump in contempt, and fined him $10,000 per day, for failing to comply with subpoena from New York Attorney General Letitia James. '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', said New York Supreme Court judge Arthur Engoron. More to follow A New York judge on Monday held former President Donald Trump in contempt, and fined him $10,000 per day, for failing to comply with subpoena from New York Attorney General Letitia James.
    Donald Trump is wishing his rivals a 'Happy Easter' in a pair of bizarre back-to-back holiday messages on Sunday morning, extending a message of good health to 'Radical Left Maniacs' and New York Attorney General Letitia James. However in their respective messages, the ex-president also accused the 'Left' of trying to 'destroy the country' and called James -- who is investigating him for tax fraud -- a 'racist.' It's not a new move for Trump, whose holiday messages while in the White House would frequently point out he was extending the well-wishes to 'haters' and 'enemies' as well as his supporters. 'Happy Easter to all including the Radical Left Maniacs who are doing everything possible to destroy our Country,' Trump's first statement read. 'May they not succeed, but let them, nevertheless, be happy, healthy, wealthy, and well!'  Less than an hour later, a message from the former president's Save America PAC read, 'Happy Easter to failed gubernatorial candidate and racist Attorney General Letitia James.' 'May she remain healthy despite the fact that she will continue to drive business out of...
    New York’s attorney general is seeking additional evidence from real estate company Cushman & Wakefield for its alleged role in helping former President Donald Trump inflate property values. On Friday, Attorney General Letitia James asked a state judge to enforce two subpoenas for evidence her investigators have not yet received from the company. The documents they seek are part of her office’s probe against the Trump Organization, which allegedly faked business records to engage in bank fraud and tax fraud. Investigators want to scrutinize the relationship between the Trump Organization and Cushman & Wakefield to see if the real estate firm was actively or just tacitly involved in an alleged scheme to fiddle with property values. The AG’s office also wants to explore how the real estate company appraised other developments versus howTrump projects were handled. Specifically, the attorney general’s lawyers are examining Cushman & Wakefield’s role in the valuations and financing of Trump’s neo-Gothic skyscraper at 40 Wall Street in Manhattan, as well as his forested Bruce-Wayne-like Seven Springs estate north of the city, and the Pacific Ocean waterfront...
    Donald Trump isn’t complying with a court order to turn over documents and should be held in contempt of court, New York Attorney General Letitia James said in a filing Thursday. “Mr. Trump should now be held in civil contempt and fined in an amount sufficient to coerce his compliance with the Court's order and compensate OAG for its fees and costs associated with this motion,” the filing argued. James is asking for $10,000 a day or another amount state Judge Arthur Engoron considers “sufficient to coerce his compliance.” RELATED STORY: Trump ordered to testify in New York state investigation At issue are documents James is seeking from Trump as an individual. His lawyers argue that the documents are in the possession of the Trump Organization, which has a different deadline for turning them over. But according to James, Trump is “highly likely to have been in possession, custody, or control of numerous documents” she’s seeking, and didn’t explain what he did to look for them before insisting that only the Trump Organization would have had them. Trump had an early March...
    Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a motion to hold former President Donald Trump in contempt for his refusal to provide documents in compliance with a civil investigation. James submitted the court filing on Thursday as part of her probe into Trump’s business practices and possible financial fraud. In the filing, James asked the judge to fine Trump $10,000 per day until he produces the documents she has accused him of withholding despite a subpoena. From the document: Here, OAG requests that the Court impose an appropriate remedy for Mr. Trump’s contemptuous conduct consisting of: (i) a daily fine on Mr. Trump until he produces all responsive documents in the amount of $10,000 per day, a sum sufficient to coerce his compliance with the Court’s February 2022 Order; and (ii) an award to OAG of its fees and costs associated with filing this contempt motion, to be determined based on OAG’s further submission of a costs affidavit. James offered her own statement on Twitter. “Despite a crystal clear order from the court, Donald Trump...
    (CNN)New York Attorney General Letitia James asked a New York court on Thursday to hold former President Donald Trump in civil contempt for allegedly failing to comply with a court order that he turn over certain documents for her investigation.This story is breaking and will be updated.
    New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a motion on Thursday to hold former President Donald Trump in contempt for refusing to comply with a subpoena in the state's civil investigation into the ex-president's real estate empire.  James is also asking for a hefty fine of $10,000 for each day Trump does not hand over documents that a court ordered him to produce.  'The judge’s order was crystal clear: Donald J. Trump must comply with our subpoena and turn over relevant documents to my office,' James said in a statement. 'Instead of obeying a court order, Mr. Trump is trying to evade it. We are seeking the court’s immediate intervention because no one is above the law.' Her office is investigating the Trump Organization for allegedly using false or misleading information to obtain loans and secure deals -- a practice she previously claimed went on for at least a decade.  She subpoenaed him and two of his adult children, Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr., in January. James has been seeking a deposition from all three.   The trio sought to...
    New York’s attorney general formally asked a judge on Thursday to hold former President Donald Trump “in contempt of court” and subject him to a $10,000 daily fine for his refusal to turn over evidence, even after he was ordered to by a state judge. Trump would be subject to the proposed fine every day he does not turn over evidence he’s already been ordered to deliver. Trump and his family corporate empire are under attack by AG Letitia James, whose probe into the company’s alleged bank fraud has reached a turning point. The company has only a month left to turn over evidence, while Trump and two of his adult children face potential grilling by investigators. Following a legal clown show on Feb. 17, New York State Judge Arthur F. Engoron ordered the former president, Don Jr., and Ivanka Trump to sit down for sworn testimony for their alleged role in a long-running business fraud scheme. That order is now making its way through the state’s appellate courts. Importantly, however, the judge also ordered the former president to...
    Share this: New York’s attorney general is asking a state appeals court to uphold a lower court ruling requiring former President Donald Trump to answer questions under oath after a civil investigation into his business practices uncovered evidence that he may have misstated the value of assets like golf courses and skyscrapers on financial statements for more than a decade. In papers filed late Monday, Attorney General Letitia James’ office said it has every right to question Trump, who is appealing the lower court ruling, as it seeks to determine whether the misrepresented values shown to lenders, taxing authorities and other business interests constituted fraud and, if so, who committed that fraud. James is also seeking to uphold a ruling forcing Trump’s two eldest children, Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr., to testify. Both of them have been executives at their father’s company, the Trump Organization.
    New York Attorney General Letitia James said Trump and two of his adult children 'have not even attempted to show objectively discriminatory treatment' after they last week attempted to appeal a decision forcing them to testify in James' ongoing investigation There is 'significant evidence' the Trump Organization relied on misleading financial statements to 'secure economic benefits' like tax breaks and loans for a , New York Attorney General Letitia James' office said on Monday. The attorney general's office has been fighting a months-long legal battle to get Donald Trump and his two oldest children to testify in James' ongoing civil investigation into the former president's real estate empire.  In a late night court filing obtained by DailyMail.com, James challenged the Trumps' claims that her probe was a 'product of political animus.'  She insisted it was based on mounting evidence that the ex-president, along with Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump, played central roles in the tax fraud allegedly conducted by their family business.  James said her probe 'began after a corporate insider gave sworn testimony that the Trump Organization had...
    Donald Trump blamed on Sunday 'Radical leftist racist prosecutors' in New York for 'frightening' his long-term accounting firm into its decision to sever ties with the Trump Organization last week. 'My long-term accounting firm didn't leave me for any other reason than they were harassed, abused, and frightened by DA's and AG's that for years have been threatening them with indictment and ruination,' the former president wrote in a statement on the matter. He added: 'They were 'broken' by these Radical Left racist prosecutors, and couldn't take it anymore.' Both New York Attorney General Letita James and District Attorney Alvin Bragg are black – it is unclear what Trump means with his claim that they are ‘racist’ in pursuing the case against him.  Mazars, a global audit, accounting and consulting group, terminated its relationship with the Trump Organization because 10 years of financial statements it prepared with records from Trump's business were no longer considered reliable, the company explained in a letter included in a court filing last week. The severed ties came as James’ office investigates if Trump inflated...
    The judge noted that the Trumps could invoke their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination during the depositions. Earlier in the week, the former president's accounting firm cut ties with Trump. "We write to advise that the Statements of Financial Condition for Donald J. Trump for the years ending June 30, 2011 — June 30, 2020, should no longer be relied upon," said the company in a letter. Trump's attorneys tried to argue that this action made the AG investigations moot, but Judge Engoron denied that argument and called it "reminiscent" of George Orwell. The Trumps were ordered to sit for the deposition within two weeks if they are not appealed. Here's a news report about the judgement: Judge Rules Trump, Children Must Sit For Deposition In Civil Case Involving Business Practices www.youtube.com
    New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) on Wednesday criticized former President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump-nominated FAA administrator to resign at end of March Republican voters split over RNC censure of Cheney and Kinzinger: poll Trump issues endorsements in Texas congressional races MORE's comments on his company's financial statements which she said contradict the former president's own lawyers' court filing. “It is not unusual for parties to a legal proceeding to disagree about the facts,” the attorney general’s office said in a letter filed in the state's court, according to NBC News. “But it is truly rare for a party to publicly disagree with statements submitted by his own attorneys in a signed pleading — let alone one day after the pleading was filed,” the letter added. James is leading an investigation into whether the Trump Organization inflated the value of real estate assets to get bank loans and reduced the values to lower taxes. Her comments on Wednesday were in reference to the former president's statement on Tuesday that it was a “sham investigation,” NBC reported. “Remember when the attorney general and or District Attorney say they...
    Former President Donald Trump pauses as he speaks at a rally Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022, in Florence, Ariz.Ross D. Franklin | AP The accounting firm Mazars, which for years prepared income tax returns for ex-President Donald Trump, has the Trump Organization that statements of his financial condition "should no longer be relied upon," the New York Attorney General's office revealed Monday in a court filing. Mazars told Trump Organization attorney Alan Garten in a letter last week that he should inform any recipients that the statements of Trump's financial condition for 2011 through 2020 "should not be relied upon." The firm told Garten that its conclusion was based on filings made by the New York Attorney General's office, "our own investigation," and other information. "While we have not concluded that the various financial statements, as a whole, contain material discrepancies, based on the totality of the circumstances, we believe our advice to not longer rely upon those financial statements is appropriate," Mazars said in its letter to Garten. Mazars also said in its letter to Garten last week that it...
    The Trump family have accused New York Attorney General Letitia James of breaking state laws for a politically motivated 'fishing expedition', in a fiery court filing Tuesday. The legal complaint, filed by Donald Trump's lawyers in New York, claims James was hell-bent on prosecuting the Trumps even before she got into office or saw any evidence against them, and has used her AG investigation into the family firms to raise money for her political campaigns. The lawyers say she breached the New York constitution by colluding with the state's former District Attorney Cyrus Vance to run parallel criminal and civil cases, which they claim precludes the chance for a fair trial in either. The Trump family also claims James broke Federal Election Commission (FEC) rules which ban campaigning on the promise of a criminal investigation. The documents are the latest in a bitter legal battle between the leader of the Republican Party and the outspoken and ambitious Democrat AG. The Trump Organization's lawyers have filed a complaint against New York Attorney General Letitia James accusing her of breaking FEC and...
    Share this: New York’s attorney general wants to put a stop to former President Donald Trump’s attempted end-run around a yearslong civil investigation into his business practices, asking a judge Wednesday to dismiss his lawsuit aimed at halting the probe. Attorney General Letitia James argued in court papers that Trump’s lawsuit, filed last month in federal court in upstate New York, is a sudden “collateral attack” on her investigation — designed in part to shield him from a recent subpoena. James, a Democrat, said there was no legal basis for Trump’s lawsuit and no evidence to support the Republican’s claim that the probe is purely political. She also said there’s no role for a federal court to intervene in an investigation that’s been overseen in part by a state court judge.
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