New York attorney general subpoenas longtime Trump aide

By Kara Scannell, CNN

The New York Attorney General’s office has subpoenaed former President Donald Trump’s longtime executive aide as part of its civil investigation into the finances of the Trump Organization.

Lawyers for the attorney general’s office said in a new court filing that Rhona Graff, who served as Trump’s executive aide for decades until his departure last April, has agreed to answer questions next Tuesday.

The attorneys said they want to question him about, among other things, the Trump Organization’s records retention and destruction policy as well as Trump’s involvement in preparing the Trump Organization’s financial statements.

“Has he already reviewed the declaration in draft form before signing the final version each year? Has he annotated drafts with comments and/or questions? If so, what happened to those drafts? In what form was the final version of the declaration presented for Mr. Trump’s approval each year? How did he clearly express his approval? asked state prosecutors.

The court filing is the latest round in the battle between the attorney general’s office and Trump over his compliance with a subpoena for documents. Trump said he had no records sought by the subpoena. The Trump Organization said it identified 10 documents in Trump’s business records. Earlier this month, a New York judge found Trump in civil contempt, fining him $110,000 for failing to produce documents or demonstrate that he and his legal team undertook efforts to root out all the documents.

Last week, Trump transferred the money to an escrow account and produced 11 affidavits from attorneys and others in the Trump Organization to try to support their position that they went through filing cabinets and electronic files to comply with the subpoena. One of those affidavits was filed by Graff, but state prosecutors say it “raises a series of obvious questions.”

“Ms. Graff’s affidavit does not include the retention and retention practice relating to financial disclosure statements Mr. Trump signed and which are central to the OAG’s investigation. They write that it is also silent about what she did with any recordings she received from Trump, as opposed to recordings Trump wrote himself.

“What happened to the correspondence he received, both from Trump Organization personnel and others outside the organization?” they asked.

State attorneys also said it was “striking” that the Trump Organization could not locate other former executive aides and said they wanted to know what efforts had been made to locate them. Additionally, state prosecutors said Trump failed to submit an affidavit from Trump’s executive aide in December 2021. They asked the judge to extend Trump’s time to meet those requirements in order to serve his contempt until June 1 rather than reinstate the $10,000 daily fine. .

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