Cult fans of Donald Trump envision him as playing multi-dimensional chess, having things gamed out on multiple levels. I don’t know about that, but I do know that his stalling tactics in the New York State investigation spearheaded by Letitia James have run their course and he has until April 15 to substantially comply and then two weeks beyond that to fully comply with a court order issued today.
Then, the last line of the Wall Street Journal piece reporting this development is “Mr. Trump agreed to hand over documents by March 31” and that was with respect to other subpoenas issued by the state with respect to the depositions of Trumpushka and his spawn. Point being, he’s having to cave in and agree to produce documents right and left because he’s in litigation up to his neck and he has no choice. The wheels of justice are frequently slow and cumbersome but when they grind, they grind exceedingly fine.
The office of Ms. James, a Democrat, has been investigating the business affairs of Mr. Trump and the Trump Organization since 2019, when former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen testified before Congress that the former president inflated some assets and deflated others for financial gain. Mr. Trump has said the investigation is politically motivated and denied the allegations.
At issue are subpoenas from early in the investigation, which sought materials that included information held on Trump Organization employees’ devices.
“We are in a truly unusual place with these subpoenas that have been outstanding for two years and three months,” Austin Thompson, a lawyer for the attorney general’s office, told the judge.
He said the Trump Organization had handed over just 10 documents from Mr. Trump’s files and repeatedly missed sources of information from other relevant people.
Lawrence Rosen, a lawyer for the Trump Organization, told the judge that the company was turning over the required materials. The attorney general’s office had made additional requests for information, Mr. Rosen said.
“Their investigation just continues to grow and expand,” said Mr. Rosen. “The tentacles go everywhere.”
The subpoenas discussed Monday are separate from those issued by the state that seek documents from Mr. Trump and depositions of the former president and two of his adult children. Earlier this month, lawyers for the attorney general and the Trumps agreed to put those depositions on hold while an appeals court considers the issue. Mr. Trump agreed to hand over documents by March 31.
You can read between the lines and conclude: 1) Waiting over two years for a lawful subpoena to be respected is a very long time; 2) Time finally runs out. Trump’s lawyers have done every dodge.
Now the mystery remains of what’s going on with the Manhattan DA? That would certainly be good to know.