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New York AG Asks Judge to Hold Trump in Civil Contempt


New York Attorney General Letitia James on Thursday asked a state judge to hold President Trump in civil contempt over his refusal to hand over documents as part of an ongoing investigation. 

In a 21-page filing, James also requested that Judge Arthur Engoron fine Trump $10,000 for each day he fails to produce the documents, The Hill reports

The news comes after Engoron gave Trump a deadline – March 31st – to comply with James’ subpoena for records, and ordered him and his two eldest children to comply with subpoenas for their testimony.

James argued Trump has failed to appeal or properly contest the order. 

 “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 [Office of Attorney General] for its fees and costs associated with this motion,” James’ motion reads. 

A spokesperson for the Trump organization called the request “completely baseless.” 

“President Trump left the Trump Organization in 2017 and any responsive documents were previously provided to the AG by the Trump Organization,” the spokesperson said in a statement. “This is just more harassment and the latest chapter in the AG’s continued witch hunt.”