Donald Trump was dealt a major blow on Friday when a New York judge ordered him to hand over a treasure trove of documents to New York Attorney General Letitia James, according to the New York Times:
This is the second time Judge Arthur F. Engoron of the State Supreme Court in Manhattan had ruled against Trump and the Trump Organization in recent weeks:
“In December, he ordered the company, the Trump Organization, to produce records that its lawyers had tried to shield, including some related to a Westchester County, N.Y., property that is among those being scrutinized by the New York State attorney general, Letitia James. On Friday, Judge Engoron went further, saying that even more documents, as well as communications with a law firm hired by the Trump Organization, had to be handed over to Ms. James’s office. In doing so, he rejected the lawyers’ claim that the documents at issue were covered by attorney-client privilege.”
The former president, his family, and his company are also under investigation by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr., who suspects that Trump may have committed insurance and tax fraud. A grand jury is already empaneled to investigate those matters and hand down indictments.
When he was president, Trump had a certain level of immunity from prosecution. But those days are long gone and now he’s at the mercy of the courts. Considering his shady past, Trump has much to be worried about.