N.Y. Legal professional Normal Seeks to Maintain Trump in Contempt

The New York State lawyer normal, Letitia James, filed a movement on Thursday asking a choose to carry Donald J. Trump in contempt for failing to show over paperwork in her civil investigation into his enterprise actions.

The request by legal professionals in Ms. James’s workplace, which was filed in New York State Supreme Court docket in Manhattan, stated that the previous president had declined to show over paperwork that the lawyer normal had sought in eight requests. The submitting additionally requested the choose to effective Mr. Trump $10,000 a day till he turns over the supplies.

The submitting cited a response from Mr. Trump’s authorized workforce arguing that the lawyer normal’s requests had been “grossly overbroad, unintelligible, unduly burdensome” and didn’t “adequately” describe the requested supplies.

In a press release Thursday night, Mr. Trump criticized the investigation as a “witch hunt” being utilized by Ms. James for political achieve. He described the investigation and others earlier than it as “an try to silence a President who’s main in each single ballot.”

In a separate assertion, a spokeswoman for the Trump Group referred to as Ms. James’s transfer “baseless,” saying the corporate had already offered paperwork in response to the lawyer normal’s requests.

The State Supreme Court docket Justice overseeing the authorized dispute over the paperwork, Arthur F. Engoron, will rule on whether or not to carry Mr. Trump in contempt and whether or not to evaluate any potential fines.

The movement is the newest authorized skirmish in Ms. James’s civil investigation into Mr. Trump and his household enterprise. Not too long ago, Justice Engoron ordered Mr. Trump and two of his different grownup youngsters, Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr., to undergo questioning by the lawyer normal’s workplace. Attorneys for the Trump household have appealed that call.

As a result of Ms. James’s investigation is civil, it could result in a lawsuit however not felony costs. She has stated in different courtroom papers that her workplace had obtained proof displaying that Mr. Trump’s household enterprise, the Trump Group, had engaged in “fraudulent or deceptive” practices.

The lawyer normal’s workplace can be concerned in a felony investigation into Mr. Trump that’s centered on a number of the similar conduct and is being performed by the Manhattan district lawyer’s workplace. The 2 senior prosecutors main that investigation resigned in February after a disagreement with the district lawyer, Alvin Bragg, about whether or not to proceed a grand jury presentation regarding Mr. Trump. Mr. Bragg’s workplace has stated that the investigation is ongoing.