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Trump's contempt order lifted by a judge in New York civil probe

Aug 18, 2022

Trump Tower in Manhattan welcomes Donald Trump, the former president of the United States, on August 15, 2021 in New York City.

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Wednesday's New York court ruling lifted a contempt order against Donald Trump. The order was issued because he failed to obey a subpoena that was part of a state investigation into Trump’s business.

Arthur Engoron, New York Supreme Court Judge stated in a court filing he lifted the contempt notice after reviewing "recent additions" from Trump's legal staff.

Letitia James from New York's Attorney General is conducting the civil probe into Trump Organization. The judge wrote that the newly presented documents were sufficient in order to lift the order.

Engoron wrote "It is ordered that the contemptuous response of Donald J. Trump shall be purged."

In regard to the $110,000 Trump was fined as part of his contempt condition, Engoron instructed that the money remain in the attorney General's escrow account until the appeal is decided.

A spokesperson for James' office declined CNBC's request for comment.

Alina Habba (an attorney for Trump) stated that although the court lifted the contempt finding, it was still unjustifiable and inappropriate in the first instance. We will keep pursuing our appeal in order to obtain justice for our customer.

James is investigating allegations against the Trump Organization that it improperly reported valuations for real estate assets to make financial gains.

Engoron's order Wednesday afternoon came more than two months after he held Trump in contempt of court for failing to hand over documents pursuant to a subpoena from James' office.

Trump was accused by his attorney general of "trying" to evade the court's order to him to fully cooperate with the investigation. Trump and his lawyers had submitted Engoron sworn statement, arguing that there were no additional documents they could turn over. But, the judge ruled them "insufficient."

Trump was subject to a $10,000 daily fine as part of his contempt order until he was found to have been in compliance with court orders.

Trump appealed to the judge's ruling and asked the appellate Court to suspend Engoron’s order during the litigation. The appeals division denied that request.

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