- Donald Trump’s business empire does not have specific records of documents, a senior associate told the New York AG office.
- Actor on the testimony of Rona Graf[s] doubt “at Trump’s expense, say AG’s lawyers in a new file.
- AG Leticia James wants Trump to explain further before a costly contempt of court order is finally overturned.
Donald Trump’s multibillion-dollar real estate and golf resorts have no policy to preserve his business records, a senior New York City prosecutor said.
“There is no hard and fast protocol,” longtime assistant Ron Graf said on Friday, testifying on summons to the AG office, which has been insisting on his boss’s personal documents for two years and has been investigating his business for three.
Instead, a new court file shows that Graf, a three-decade-old employee of the Trump Organization, describes an ad hoc, fragmented system that the AG office now says contradicts Trump’s own account under oath, which has shifted all responsibility for his business documents on his executive assistants.
The difference in bills could threaten the permanent reversal of a costly contempt of court order and cost Trump an additional $ 250,000 in fines.
In its filing on Monday, AG demanded even more sworn accounts of the retention of documents by Trump’s leaders before any agreement to lift the contempt order.
“Ms. Graff’s testimony calls into question the completeness of Mr. Trump’s swearing-in,” said Andrew Amer, special adviser to NY AG’s Leticia James.
Monday’s filing is the latest in James’ efforts to force Trump to hand over contracts, asset valuations and other paper documents to more than a decade that have passed on his review desk, with many reportedly passing on his comments. and instructions through Sharpie Sticky Notes.
So far – and of the 900,000 documents of the Trump Organization so far submitted to the AG investigation – only 10 are from Trump’s so-called business files, complained New York Attorney General Leticia James.
“Such a policy has never been mentioned,” Graff said in a speech Friday, when asked to describe how Trump’s organization organized and maintained Trump’s business records, according to the latest dossier in James’ ongoing battle for personal business documents. of Trump.
Inbox and outbox – but without a computer
Graf said the infamous computer-dirty Trump handled the CEO’s documents through an inbox and outbox on his desk in his Fifth Avenue skyscraper; Trump was CEO until he took over the presidency and transferred leadership to his adult sons in early 2017.
Monday’s transcript – revealing some of the subpoenas from the so-called “right hand” of Trump at the Trump Organization’s Manhattan headquarters – sheds a rare light on how the documents were stored.
Earl was asked during Friday’s revelation how the documents arrived at Trump’s desk.
“Usually the lawyer who deals with this will bring it to him,” Graf said, according to a partial transcript also released Monday.
“Sometimes they would be in a folder, like a law folder, and it said, please put it on Mr. Trump’s desk and he’ll review it,” Graff said.
“Sometimes there were personal meetings. There was no hard and fast protocol for something like that.”
Graf was asked if the folder would contain a “please review” note.
“There may be a note on it that says – well, if it is handed to me, it will be a note that says, please sign Mr. Trump, please review Mr. Trump and it will go into his mailbox.
Asked if she would sit with Trump while he reviewed documents, Graf said, “Rarely. Rarely. I had too much work to do alone. I really didn’t want to spend much time in his office.”
Asked if Trump would write notes on the documents he reviewed, Graf said, “Yes, he could.”
She added: “I don’t usually open these folders. If they came in a folder, I didn’t think it was my position to look inside and see what it was, unless he asked me to look at it.
“So the notes may be inside; I suppose he took notes himself, and then perhaps from the outside he would say to return to this and that whoever gave it to him.
Trump will not keep copies, Graf said, explaining: “This is the old word of the letter C – disorder … If he had to take the document, he knew he could call someone and tell him to bring me a copy of it, in order not to have it, he does not have to have it. ”
Asked if Trump had a document retention policy, Graf said: “As far as I know … I think each department handled documents in its own way. I don’t know what that way was. ”
Insisting on more details on Monday, Amer noted: “Ms. Graff confirmed that documents containing Mr. Trump’s handwritten comments will be sent and maintained by other departments” of the Trump Organization, including legal, accounting, hotel and golf departments.
“I did not keep any of these documents,” Graf said.
Those missing Post-Its
AG’s lawyers then gave Graf a “hypothetical.”
“Let’s assume that there were notes from Mr. Trump on documents from [former CFO Allen] Weisselberg related to Mr. Trump’s assets, but these notes could not be found, “an AG lawyer asked.
“Given your experience, what’s the most likely explanation?”
Graf replied, “I have no explanation. It was not within my competence to deal with the notes.”
AG has asked Trump to provide additional “knowledgeable” swearing-in statements by June 13, department by department, to “documents containing Mr. Trump’s handwritten comments and instructions” that have left his outbox. .
A lawyer dealing with summonses for Trump’s documents did not respond immediately to a request for comment.