The United States Justice ruled that former President Donald Trump is no longer defying justice for failing to comply with a subpoena in a civil investigation by the New York State Attorney General into his business practices, but he must pay a fine of US$. 110 thousand (R$ 565 thousand).
Judge Arthur Engoron accused Trump, during a virtual hearing, of making a false allegation in an affidavit related to requesting documents relating to his family’s real estate business, the Trump Organization.
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Engoron said a $10,000-per-day fine he imposed on Trump in April for failing to comply with the subpoenait stopped accumulating on Friday, when the former president and his lawyers presented new affidavits detailing the steps they took to find documents relevant to Attorney General Letitia James’ investigation..
Trump said in the May 6 affidavit that he does not have any relevant documents.
Engoron took issue with Trump’s claim that he hasn’t communicated digitally since 2010, pointing to his Twitter posts and current posts on Truth Social, a social network he founded.
“We all know he uses electronic communication — 80 million people were on his Twitter account,” Engoron said. “A sentence has to be true. That sentence is simply not true.”
Michael Madaio, Trump’s attorney, said the statement was not intended to imply that Trump did not post on social media. Alina Habba, another Trump attorney, said Trump did not use direct messages on Twitter and that his tweets were not relevant to the investigation.
The judge gave Trump until May 20 to meet the additional conditions, or else the contempt order could be reinstated and the fine reinstated retroactively.