Not that the FBI’s raid on Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club was important to the New York Attorney General who filed a $250 million lawsuit against the Trump Organization on Wednesday. But maybe it helped.
That is because, given the Trumpian fate, the attack could greatly strengthen part of the New York AG Letitia James’ case against the former president: that he never fully handed over all the financial documents that were to bring to her office.
Tucked deep into the 222-page lawsuit—page 205, to be exact—is a section on how the attack could prove that Trump and his lawyers never produced all the financial documents they were supposed to turn over to New York investigators. , even after. Trump is being held in contempt of court for not turning over all of his business records.
“Even after nearly two years of litigation it appears that it may still be the case that not all responsive documents have been produced,” the lawsuit said. “Among other things, the lawsuit regarding the search warrant executed at Mar-a-Lago on August 8, 2022, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida noted that” the seized materials include . . . tax related documents, and accounting information.”
The lawsuit notes that the documents “regarding tax and accounting information will be made available in response to the OAG’s subpoena.”
Although it was not clear in the lawsuit if those documents were turned over in another form — perhaps as copies of documents — the New York AG suggests they could be evidence that Trump’s lawyers never fully complied with the subpoena, even though one of the one of the attorneys signed an affidavit stating that they “carefully searched every room of the defendant’s private residence at Mar-a-Lago, including all desks, drawers, cupboards, night, wardrobe, closet, etc.”
“I have not been able to find any documents in response to the Subpoena that have not already been produced by the OAG to the Trump Organization,” the affidavit said, according to the lawsuit.
Trump has spent years stonewalling investigators of these financial records. The judge eventually forced him to hire a third-party vendor to create the documents. Even then, the vendor—HystackID—had trouble getting all the documents that responded to the New York AG’s subpoena.
Finally, Trump’s lawyers had to swear that they had searched all the records and that there was nothing more they would choose to withhold. It’s a popular objection against Trump’s lawyers, who took similar oaths when they turned over classified documents. They said they searched high and low for presidential records that should have gone to the National Archives—only for the FBI to find boxes of classified information at Mar-a-Lago months later.
It’s unclear how much the New York AG’s case will become a potential distraction for Trump. But it is certainly one of the more interesting details of the case.
Source : www.thedailybeast.com