A New York Supreme Court has ordered the Trump Organization to respond to subpoena requests from the state attorney general Letitia James in her 3-year long civil fraud probe.
“The Trump Organization, by September 30, 2021, shall provide a report, in reasonable detail, of actions taken to preserve, collect, and produce hard-copy and electronic documents responsive to the OAG subpoenas,” Judge Arthur Engoron of the state Supreme Court in Manhattan wrote.
The order was made on Sept. 2 but disclosed on Sept. 24.
Since 2019, Ms. James has been after the Trump Organization and former President Donald Trump over their finances and potential state laws violation. However, the enterprise has not submitted any records requested by James’ office.
“For more than a year now, the Trump Organization has failed to adequately respond to our subpoenas, hiding behind procedural delays and excuses,” James said in a Friday statement.
The Trump organization is obligated to have its documents filed as soon as Thursday, Sept. 30.
If by Oct. 15 the attorney’s office has not received all the files requested from the company, the Trump Organization must hire a third party to oversee the “identification, collection, and review” of the materials.
According to the unsealed order, James has requested device data from 25 people, including the former president himself, three of his adult children, Mr. Weisselberg, and Trump Organization employees.
The Trump Organization must release a list of devices supplied to the listed people between Jan. 2014 to Dec. 2020, identifying the sorts of devices and their current locations.
It must also be transparent about the people who have appraisals, purchase records, general ledgers, financial statements, and other documents listed in the subpoenas.
The Trump Organization and its employees are being investigated by the New York Attorney General’s office in a wide-ranging inquiry to see if they unlawfully inflated asset values to acquire loans and insurance or dropped asset values to pay fewer taxes.
Trump called the investigation a “political Witch Hunt” in late May, alleging it’s a highly biased probe.
“This is purely political, and an affront to the almost 75 million voters who supported me in the Presidential Election, and it’s being driven by highly partisan Democrat prosecutors,” he said.