NY AG asks judge to hold Donald Trump in contempt for stonewalling on documents

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New York State Attorney General, Letitia James, speaks during a news conference, to announce criminal justice reform in New York City, U.S., May 21, 2021.
Brendan McDermid | Reuters

New York Attorney General Letitia James asked a judge Thursday to hold former President Donald Trump in contempt of court for refusing to comply with an order to turn over documents for her investigation of his company.

James also asked the judge to fine Trump $10,000 for every day he fails to surrender those documents.

The AG’s office says in a court filing that Trump is in violation of a court order to give her investigators the documents by March 31.

James is investigating the Trump Organization in connection with how that company reported the values of various real estate assets.

Last week, in another court filing, James said her investigation has “uncovered significant evidence” that financial statements by the Trump Organization relied on misleading valuations of its real estate assets for more than a decade.

Those potentially misleading valuations “and other misrepresentations” were used by the company “to secure economic benefits — including loans, insurance coverage, and tax deductions — on terms more favorable than the true facts warranted,” that earlier filing said.

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