Not that the FBI raid on Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club was crucial to the New York Attorney General’s filing of a $250 million lawsuit against the Trump Organization on Wednesday. But it might have helped.
That’s because, in a twist of Trump’s fate, the raid most likely reinforces one part of New York AG Letitia James’ lawsuit against the former president: that he never fully surrendered all of it. financial documents he was supposed to provide to her office.
Hidden deep inside The petition is 222 pages long—On page 205 to be exact — was a section on how the raid was able to demonstrate that Trump and his attorneys never produced all the financial documents they were supposed to deliver to the investors. Investigate New York, Even After Trump Is Incarcerated contempt for the court for not handing over all of his business records.
“Even after nearly two years of litigation, it appears that there are instances where not all of the responding documents are presented,” the lawsuit reads. “Among other things, in litigation over a search warrant conducted at Mar-a-Lago on August 8, 2022, the U.S. Central District Court noted that “the seized documents keep included. . . correspondence related to tax and accounting information. “
The lawsuit notes that documents “regarding tax and accounting information would appear to respond to OAG’s subpoenas.”
While it’s not clear in the lawsuit if those documents were passed through some other form – perhaps they were copies of documents – New York AG suggested they could be evidence that Trump’s lawyers never fully complied with the subpoena, even though one of his attorneys signed an affidavit stating that they had ” diligently searched every room of Defendant’s residence at Mar-a-Lago, including all desks, drawers, nightstands, wardrobes, etc.”
“I could not find any documents in response to the Subpoena that have not been provided to OAG by the Trump Organization,” the affidavit said, according to the lawsuit.
Trump spent years barring investigators from these financial records. In the end, a judge forced him to hire a third-party vendor to compile the documents. And even then, the provider — HaystackID — was a lot of trouble Find all documents that satisfy the subpoena of New York AG.
In the end, Trump’s attorneys had to swear they had searched all the records and had nothing more that they chose to keep. It was a familiar refrain from Trump’s lawyers, who took the same oath when handing over classified documents. They said they searched from high to low for presidential records that should have gone to the National Archives — only for the FBI to find top-secret boxes at Mar-a-Lago for several months. afterward.
It’s not clear how much of a problem New York AG will cause in terms of potential Trump obstruction. But it’s certainly one of the more curious details in the lawsuit.