A Manhattan judge demanded the Trump Organization meet looming deadlines on Monday as a lawyer for the company lamented that the state attorney general’s investigation had “tentacles all over the place.”
Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron ordered the Trump outfit to comply with subpoenas from New York AG Letitia James for electronic evidence by April 29.
The judge added that a digital forensics firm helping the Trump firm turn over evidence to the AG must provide detailed weekly reports showing which devices were searched and which remain.
“I want precise information on this research. I want detailed reports,” Engoron said.
“We are putting an end to this entire investigation,” added the judge. “We can all agree that we want this to end at some point – for many reasons.”
The Engoron employee said reports compiled by HaystackID so far did not indicate how close the Trump Organization was to handing over all relevant evidence.
Lawyers for the attorney general’s office said they waited more than two years for Trump, his company and his children to comply with evidence demands.
Trump’s lawyers have insisted the AG is leaving no stone unturned.
“Your honor, we have produced 900,000 documents, 6 million pages,” provided by more than 100 witnesses, said Trump Org attorney Larry Rosen.
“It’s not something we want to delay, but their investigation continues to grow and expand. The tentacles are everywhere.
James’ civil investigation is investigating whether Trump and his company manipulated property values with tax authorities, lenders and insurers to enrich themselves with advantageous loans, insurance coverage and tax deductions, according to the documents filed by the court.
The investigation could lead to a civil lawsuit against Trump, his company and his adult children, who appealed Engoron’s decision to allow James to question them under oath.
Deputy AG Austin Thompson said an agreement between the two sides expires on April 30, stressing the “urgency” of court-imposed deadlines. After this date, new legal issues may arise regarding certain civil lawsuits.
Thompson anticipated that the parties would argue “high and low” statute of limitations issues. A statute of limitations sets the maximum time after an event during which a lawsuit can be brought.
“There is not an event,” Thompson said. “There are different courses of action.”