New York State judge orders Trump Organization to comply with subpoena from attorney general

A New York judge has ordered the Trump Organization to comply with a subpoena issued by state Attorney General Letitia James. According to the Washington Examiner, the Trump Organization’s lawyers agreed to a timeline to comply with a subpoena filed against the firm more than two years ago, which sought material from employee devices as well as records on which devices were inspected.

New York State Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron asked the Trump Organization and the forensics agency HaystackID, which was contracted to oversee the Trump Organization’s compliance with the subpoena, to submit weekly updates on the company’s progress. The firm said it intends to submit the majority of the required documentation by April 15, but has until April 29 to complete the task. However, the company contends that the only device remaining to be inspected in the probe is a phone belonging to Alan Garten, a Trump Organization lawyer.

The Trump Organization’s lawyers and James worked together to come up with a compliance timetable, which was endorsed by Engoron. On April 25, both parties are scheduled to appear in court for a status conference.

Engoron stated, “I hope we are winding down this whole investigation. One thing all of us can agree on is we want this to end at some point.” James told the Examiner, “We are pleased with this order, which will continue to hold Donald J. Trump and the Trump Organization accountable. Once again, it sends a clear message that no one is above the law.”

James launched her inquiry into the Trump Organization in 2019 after congressional testimony from former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, who claimed that the corporation falsified asset appraisals for financial gain. Trump has maintained that the allegations from James as well as a criminal investigation by the Manhattan district attorney, are motivated by political motives.

The attorney general’s office has also filed subpoenas for Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump, and Donald Trump Jr. to give depositions. The family has filed a legal appeal to the subpoenas for depositions but has agreed to turn over critical papers by March 31. Additionally, James is attempting to collect tax documents from an accounting firm that worked for the Trump Organization.

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