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New York Attorney General asks judge to hold Donald Trump in contempt

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Letitia James is the New York State Attorney General. She speaks at a news conference to announce criminal justice reforms in New York City. The event took place on May 21, 2021.

Brendan McDermid | Reuters

Letitia James, New York’s Attorney General, asked Thursday for a court order for former President Donald Trump to be held in contempt for failing to submit documents to her investigation into his company.

James asked for $10,000 in damages to Trump every time he failed to turn over these documents.

According to the AG’s office, Trump has violated an order by the court to hand over documents to her investigators no later than March 31, according a court filing.

James is currently investigating Trump Organization to determine how it reported on the valuations of different real estate assets.

In a court filing last week, James stated that her investigation had “uncovered substantial evidence” that the Trump Organization used misleading valuations for its real estate assets over ten years.

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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