Judge lifts Trump’s contempt order in New York civil probe

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Former U.S. President Donald Trump arrives at Trump Tower in Manhattan on August 15, 2021 in New York City.
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A New York judge on Wednesday lifted a contempt-of-court order against former President Donald Trump that was imposed after he failed to comply with a subpoena as part of a state investigation into his business.

New York Supreme Court Judge Arthur Engoron said in a court filing that he lifted the contempt order after reviewing “recent additional submissions” from Trump’s legal team.

New York Attorney General Letitia James, whose office is conducting the probe into the Trump Organization, agreed that the newly submitted documents were sufficient to lift the order, the judge wrote.

“It is hereby ordered that the contempt of respondent Donald J. Trump is purged,” Engoron wrote.

A spokesperson for James’ office declined CNBC’s request for comment.

Alina Habba, an attorney for Trump, said in a statement to CNBC: “Although we are pleased that the court has lifted the contempt finding, we maintain that it was wholly unwarranted and improper in the first place. We will push ahead with our appeal to secure justice for our client.”

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