The former US president suffered defeat in a long-running legal battle over his company’s empire. The attorney general in New York feels justified.
In a tough legal battle in New York, former US President Donald Trump has been fined for refusing to provide information. A judge on Monday charged Trump with contempt of court and ordered Republicans to pay $10,000 for each day he fails to provide required documents.
This was announced by the New York Attorney General’s Office Letitia James, who requested the verdict. The background is the Democratic attorney general’s civil investigations against the Trump corporation’s empire for potential fraudulent business practices.
James took the decision as a victory for justice and a sign that no one is above the law. “For years, Donald Trump has attempted to evade the law and block our legal investigations into him and his company’s financial operations,” she said. The New York Times reported that Trump’s lawyer now wants to appeal the ruling.
Did the Trump company provide false information?
Trump and the Trump Organization have used fraudulent and misleading financial reports for economic gain, according to James. It also relates to the suspicion that the Trump Corporation provided false information about the value of real estate.
Trump’s company denies the allegations. Donald Trump is the founder of the Trump Organization, and his two sons Donald Trump Jr and Eric Trump are the vice presidents of the company’s group, which is primarily active in the real estate sector. At the same time, criminal investigations are also underway against Trump and his empire in New York.
A New York judge ruled in mid-February in the civil lawsuit that the 75-year-old and his two children would face questioning within 21 days. Trump is taking legal action against this decision.
The court also ruled that Trump must submit a number of documents to the attorney general’s office by March 3. The deadline was later extended to the end of March. James accuses Trump of violating a court order to delay the investigation.