Donald Trump swore in an affidavit on Friday that he had no idea where four of his old cell phones were.
Trump is facing a subpoena from the New York Attorney General’s Office’s investigation into the Trump Organization.
His failure to turn over records and documents cost him more than $100,000 in fines and countdowns.
Former President Donald Trump swears he cannot find four personal and work cellphones that the New York Attorney General requested for his investigation into the Trump Organization, according to a new court filing.
“I don’t know of his current location” and “I don’t know where he is now,” Trump says repeatedly of his most recent work phone, two old flip phones, as well as some a Samsung he had used until “it was taken from me at some point while I was president,” according to the filing.
Trump also swears in the filing that he has no additional personal business documents to turn over to the AG’s investigation — and that he does not own or use a work computer.
“I also don’t use a computer for work,” he says in the filing – a court-ordered affidavit he signed and dated Friday, May 6.
The affidavit has been included as part of a larger file to the New York Supreme Court which rejects a costly contempt of court order.
The former president has been fined $10,000 a day since April 26. It was then that a Manhattan judge, New York Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron, issued a written order finding Trump in contempt of court for failing to comply with AG Letitia James’ subpoenas for her business documents and records.
Engoron had rejected a less thorough affidavit submitted last week in which Trump spent all on one page saying he looked for documents but came back empty-handed. The AG complained that Trump and his company had only turned over ten of the former president’s personal business documents in two years.
Friday night’s four-page affidavit attempts to accommodate Engoron’s request for further analysis, the so-called “Jackson affidavit”, detailing Trump’s search for any documents that would respond to James’ subpoena.
Trump was known during his presidency to keep a cellphone always ready for launching inflammatory tweets. But in his affidavit, Trump said he had lost track of some of those old devices, including the very phones that the AG said might contain information relevant to the investigation.
Trump said he believed the Trump Organization last issued him a work cellphone in 2015, a year before his election. This one just disappeared, he said.
“I no longer have the cell phone in my possession and I am not aware of its current location,” Trump said in his affidavit of a device that may have been of great interest to the investigation. ‘AG.
As for the “two flip phones and a Samsung cell phone” he has owned since 2010, these are also lost over the years.
“I don’t know their current location,” he said of the flip phones.
“I took the Samsung with me to the White House and it was taken from me at some point while I was president,” he added, possibly referring to a confiscation earlier in the year. his presidency, when the secret services replaced Trump’s Samsung Galaxy smartphone with a more secure device.
“I don’t have the Samsung in my possession and I don’t know where it is currently,” he said.
Next, Trump addresses the phones he uses now.
“Currently I own two personal cell phones,” he said.
One is an iPhone he’s owned for “several years,” Trump said. This, he said, was submitted for excavation and photographing on March 21.
Trump said he recently resubmitted the phone “with great caution.”
Trump’s other current phone is a new one. He received it last week from Truth Social, the social media company created by Trump Media & Technology Group, he said.
This phone, he said, is only used to post “truths”.
“I use this phone exclusively for posting on Truth Social and for no other purpose,” Trump said. “I have never made or received a call, sent or received a text message, or used this phone in any way.”
Trump has been accused of take very sensitive documents from the White House with him at Mar-a-Lago. Yet in his affidavit he insisted: “Since at least January 1, 2010, it has been my normal practice not to keep any documents, records or papers relating to my business activities in my private residences.”
Trump’s lawyer, Alina Habba, joined in the granular search, according to the filing. At one point, she even peeked inside the “bedside tables, dressers, closets, etc.” of the former president. at his residence at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, NJ, according to Habba’s own affidavit.
The filing marked the most comprehensive explanation Trump has given to date regarding his apparent stiff arming of the New York attorney general’s investigation.
At a recent hearing, an attorney in James’ office said the New York Attorney General was preparing take “enforcement action” against Trump in the near future.
James had previously said the Trump Organization engaged in “fraudulent or deceptive practices,” but she said her office wanted to gather additional documents and testimony before deciding whether to prosecute Trump or his namesake company.
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