Trump loses bid to stay New York contempt of court order

Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a rally at The Farm at 95 on April 9, 2022 in Selma, North Carolina.

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Trump’s lawyer on Monday asked the Appellate Division of the First Judicial Department to stay Engoron’s contempt order as he appeals the judge’s finding. The lawyer, Alina Habba, argued in a filing that the contempt order was “unconscionable and indefensible.”

That division rejected the stay request the next day, according to a written decision.

“Interim application denied,” the division said the decision, which did not offer an explanation for the denial.

Trump’s lawyer Alina Habba did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the decision Tuesday, which left her client owing $80,000 in contempt penalties to date.

Earlier Tuesday, the District of Columbia’s attorney general announced that the Trump Organization and Trump’s presidential inaugural committee had agreed to pay that city $750,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging those entities and the Trump hotel there illegally misused funds from the nonprofit committee to enrich the Trump family.

The Trump defendants did not admit wrongdoing as part of that settlement.

On Monday, a grand jury was seated in Atlanta as part of a criminal probe there into whether Trump violated the law by trying to get Georgia officials to overturn the 2020 presidential election in that state, which he lost to President Joe Biden.