Trump loses bid to stay New York contempt order

Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a rally at The Farm at 95 on April 9, 2022 in Selma, North Carolina.

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Former President Donald Trump lost an effort in a New York appeals court on Tuesday to stay a contempt order and, as a result, still owes a $10,000-a-day fine.

On April 25, Trump was found in contempt by Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron for failing to comply with a subpoena from New York Attorney General Letitia James, who seeks to obtain records for his civil investigation into his company, the Trump Organization.

Engoron imposed the $10,000 daily fine until he was satisfied that Trump had complied with the subpoena.

On Friday, the judge upheld that fine and contempt order, saying new affidavits from Trump and his attorneys, who claimed they could not find the documents sought, were not sufficient evidence of his compliance with the subpoena.

Trump had asked the First Judicial Department’s Appeals Division to stay Engoron’s contempt order as he appealed the judge’s ruling.

That division denied the stay request, according to a written decision released Tuesday.

“Interim request denied,” the division said in the decision, which did not provide an explanation for the denial.

James is investigating allegations that the Trump Organization improperly manipulated reported appraisals of real estate assets to obtain more favorable financial terms on loans, insurance and taxes.

Trump’s attorney, Alina Habba, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Tuesday’s ruling.

Earlier Tuesday, the Attorney General for the District of Columbia announced that the Trump Organization and the Trump Presidential Inaugural Committee had agreed to pay that city $750,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging these entities and the Trump hotel there illegally diverted funds from the nonprofit committee to enrich the Trump family.

Trump’s defendants have not admitted any wrongdoing under this settlement.

A grand jury convened in Atlanta on Monday as part of a criminal investigation into whether Trump broke the law by trying to get Georgia officials to void the state’s 2020 presidential election, which he lost to President Joe Biden.

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