Back in April, a judge was held Donald Trump contempt for refusing to comply with a subpoena from the New York attorney general Letitia James, whose office investigated Trump and the Trump Organization for fraud, and fined him $10,000 a day until he obtained the documents James requested. Why didn’t the former president turn over the files in question, and instead caused not only the outrage of the justice system but the $140,000 in fines to date? Is it because, after a life of essentially staying away from all the shady, shady, maybe even criminal things he’s ever done, he thinks the rules don’t apply to him? Because he has little interest in the rule of law? Because he knew the materials in question would make him look really bad? According to Trump, none of the above. No, according to the former president, it was because he couldn’t find his old cell phone.
In an affidavit filed last week by his attorneys, Trump claimed – swore in fact – that he did not have any of the four phones his company owned. given to him, supposedly containing the information James was looking for and no comments. where are they. “I do not currently own any phones, computers or similar devices issued by the Trump Organization,” he wrote. “I believe the last phone or device I was issued with by the Trump Organization was a cell phone in 2015. I no longer own a cell phone and I do not know its current location. Since January 1, 2010, I have previously owned two flip phones and one Samsung cell phone. I do not have the two flip phones that I own and I do not know their current whereabouts. I brought the Samsung to the White House and it was taken from me at some point while I was President. I do not own a Samsung and I do not know its current whereabouts. Currently, I own two personal cell phones: I have an iPhone that I have owned for several years and use for my personal use. I also have a new phone that I was given by Truth Social last week. I only use this phone to post on Truth Social and for no other purpose. I have never made or received calls, sent or received text messages, or used this phone in any other way.”
Elsewhere in the filing, Trump claims that he turned over his current personal phone and that his attorneys had “hardly searched every room” of his Mar-a-Lago residence. and offices at the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster, and coordinated a search of his apartment in Trump Tower with attorneys for the Trump Organization Alan Garten, and they simply couldn’t find any of the documents mentioned. Judgment Arthur Engoron rejected Trump’s earlier attempt to have the contempt judgment lifted, saying the affidavit filed at the time “absolutely lacked any useful details.” In his most recent affidavit, Trump wrote that he does not use email, text messages, or computers for work and that “it is my usual practice not to keep any documents, records, or papers related to regarding my business in my own home. “Of course, we know that the last statement is actually not true, and he actually took a lot of boxes of documents, including some top secret, related to the president’s work. him with Mar-a-Lago.
Before the contempt judgment was made, an attorney for James – who said she had discovered “substantial evidence” of fraud by the Trump Organization – told the judge it was ” like extracting teeth” to get the necessary documents.
In other Trump legal news, on Monday, his former “fixer” Michael Cohen testified for four hours about his claim that his former boss ordered security to “remove” protesters outside Trump Tower when he ran for president in 2015. Protesters The affair later sued the Trump Organization for its “barbaric and malicious attacks on batteries. In an oath of office he was sworn in in October, Trump stated that he was unaware of the incident and did not know about it until the next day (which, according to Cohen, is not true). It is from that deposition that we learn that the former president was terrified of being killed by a piece of fruit.
https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2022/05/donald-trump-subpoena-contempt-phones Trump Claims He’s Not Ignoring N.Y. Attorney General Subpoena, He Just Lost His Phone