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Donald Trump Still Hasn't Paid His $10,000 Subpoena Fine And It's So Much More Now

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Donald Trump Still Hasn't Paid His $10,000 Subpoena Fine And It's So Much More Now

Donald Trump now owes $100,000 in fines after he was found in contempt of court last month.

On 24 April, Arthur Engoron, a New York judge, found the former president in contempt for failing to comply with a subpoena issued to him.

Trump was summoned to court by New York Attorney General Letitia James over allegations of tax fraud and instructed to pay a $10,000 daily fine if he doesn’t comply, which has since climbed to tens of thousands of dollars. 

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James’ office is investigating allegations the Trump Organisation upped the prices of New York properties for financial benefits, such as receiving better bank loans. 

Donald Trump now owes $100,000 in fines. Credit: Alamy
Donald Trump now owes $100,000 in fines. Credit: Alamy

Newsweek reports that Thursday, 5 May, marked the tenth day of Trump paying the $10,000 fines, which will continue to accumulate.

Despite Trump's attorney, Alina Habba, arguing that the 26 April ruling was ‘unwarranted' and 'also patently improper and impermissible by law’, New York Supreme Court's Appellate Division denied the request to have the ruling thrown out. 

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Trump’s argument that he doesn’t possess the documents he’s been subpoenaed over were dismissed by Judge Engoron last month.

Trump released a statement on Tuesday branding the investigation a ‘witch hunt’, and said he's already handed over 'millions of pages of documents, perhaps more than any person or entity has ever given before'.

Trump said: "This is a continuation of the greatest Witch Hunt in history, and it should not be allowed to continue.

"It is a politically driven Scam the likes of which has never been seen before. If I wasn't leading in every poll by substantial numbers, this persecution would have long ago ended. The good news is, I have done nothing wrong!"

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Trump was found in contempt of court last month. Credit: Alamy
Trump was found in contempt of court last month. Credit: Alamy

UNILAD has approached Trump's office for comment.

It follows reports from earlier this month that Trump wanted Black Lives Matter protesters ‘shot’.

Former Secretary of Defence Mark Esper claimed in his forthcoming book, A Sacred Oath: Memoirs of a Secretary of Defense During Extraordinary Times, that the former president’s remarks were made in June 2020, when demonstrations took the US by storm in the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder by police.

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Trump reportedly said: “Can't you just shoot them? Just shoot them in the legs or something?"

Esper also alleged that Trump became ‘increasingly frustrated’ with the public’s response to Floyd’s killing at the hands of Minneapolis police.

Describing the moments following Trump’s comments, Esper wrote, according to Axios: “[It felt] surreal, sitting in front of the Resolute desk, inside the Oval Office, with this idea weighing heavily in the air, and the president red-faced and complaining loudly about the protests under way in Washington DC."

He continued: "The good news – this wasn't a difficult decision. The bad news – I had to figure out a way to walk Trump back without creating the mess I was trying to avoid."

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If you have a story you want to tell, send it to UNILAD via [email protected] 

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Politics, Donald Trump, US News

Aisha Nozari
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