A civil contempt of court order against former President Donald Trump was withdrawn by a state Supreme Court judge on Wednesday, the Washington Examiner reported.
The former president’s release from the order was contingent on several conditions that needed to be fulfilled by May 20, however.
That fine includes a $110,000 fine levied New York Supreme Court Judge Arthur Engoron, who had initially issued the ruling.
“I want the fine paid,” said Judge Engoron said. “That fine is now $110,000.”
The contempt order had originally been placed on Trump because the court said he had failed to turn over key documents in New York Attorney General Letitia James’ high-profile investigation into the Trump Organization.
“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 when the contempt order was issued in April.
“Trump’s legal team has been filing a trove of documents in an attempt to comply with a court order,” the Examiner reported.
“Engoron wants Trump’s legal team to provide a detailed description of the Trump Organization’s policies on document storage and a review of documents in about five remaining boxes connected to Trump that had not been searched.”
The move came after the former president filed an updated affidavit on Friday.
According to the affidavit, Trump said he no longer had mobile devices Attorney General James had wanted.
James’ investigation is looking into claims made by disgraced Trump laywer Michael Cohen involving the Trump Organization’s asset valuations.
Cohen has said Trump manipulated them in order to gain favorable terms in its business negotiations as well as to avoid taxes.
The attorney general had sought three mobile devices used by the former president.
“To the best of my knowledge, I do not have any of the documents requested in the subpoena,” Trump stated in the updated affidavit.
Trump has called James’ high-profile investigation politically motivated.
However, the good news for Trump is that James’ inquiry is only civil; she can’t bring criminal charges against the former president.
The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office is handling a criminal investigation into the matter. New District Attorney Alvin Bragg stopped presenting evidence to a grand jury hearing the case and allowed it to expire in April without any charges being levied, however.
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