Trump appeals civil contempt order and $10,000 daily fine

Trump’s fine went into effect on Tuesday after Judge Arthur Engoron issued a written order affirming a contempt finding he made earlier this week.
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Since Trump is appealing the ruling, he may not have to make payments on the fine until it is resolved.

New York Attorney General Letitia James’ office has been probing the Trump Organization and whether it defrauded borrowers, lenders and tax authorities who relied upon the company’s financial statements.

The office asked Engoron to hold Trump in contempt for failing to comply with a December subpoena. Trump’s attorney, Alina Habba, said that they had searched and found no documents to provide investigators other than the 10 previously turned over by the Trump Organization.

The judge said on Tuesday that the lawyer provided a “boilerplate” response in a sworn affidavit and failed to address whether Trump’s team had searched file cabinets, calendars and other records.

In the written order Tuesday, Engoron wrote that Trump “willfully disobeyed” his prior order to comply with the subpoena for documents, and said that the former President’s failure to comply harmed the civil investigation being conducted by James.

This story has been updated with additional details Wednesday.

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