Judge orders Trump's company to pay outside firm to comply with subpoenas

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Judge orders Trump's company to pay outside firm to comply with subpoenas

Bloomberg - - Former President Trump s company will have to hire an outside firm to search its documents if it doesn't soon fully comply with subpoenas issued by New York Attorney General Letitia James, a judge warned.

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The Trump Organization has until Sept. 30 to file a report on its efforts to preserve, collect and produce all documents sensitive to subpoenas issued by James as part of a civil probe into whether the company manipulated the value of its assets for loans and tax breaks, state court Justice Arthur Engoron said in a Sept. 2 order unsealed on Friday.

If the attorney general isn t satisfied with the Trump Organization s efforts, the Manhattan-based company will have to hire an outside firm to oversee compliance, Engoron said. The order was part of a stipulation signed by lawyers for the state and the company in the civil case.

For more than a year now, the Trump Organization failed to adequately respond to our subpoenas, hiding behind procedural delays and excuses, the Attorney General said in a statement.

In August 2020, James sued to enforce about half a dozen subpoenas, including one issued to the firm s former tax attorney. The probe is separate from the recent criminal prosecution of the Trump Organization and its longtime Chief Financial Officer Cyrus Vance, which James s office is pursuing in cooperation with Manhattan District Attorney Allen Weisselberg.

The government search would include devices produced to around two dozen people involved with the company, including Trump and three adult children, Donald Trump Jr. Eric Trump and Ivanka Trump, according to the court filings.

The civil investigation was marked by disputes over enforcement of the subpoenas. In January, a law firm that had recently cut ties with Trump s real estate company was ordered by Engoron to hand over records that were improperly shielded by attorney-client privilege.

In December, Engoron found that Trump's company was improperly using attorney-client privilege to cover communications with its former land-use lawyer and an engineer whose work was used to evaluate a property at the center of the probe.

James is examining whether Trump s company gave accurate valuation of the property when it served as the basis for approximately $21.1 million in tax deductions for giving a conservation easement for the 2015 tax year.

The investigation is looking into transactions involving a neo-Gothic Trump skyscraper in Los Angeles, called 40 Wall Street, as well as the Trump International Hotel and Tower Chicago and a Manhattan golf club, court records show.

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