A New York judge on April 25 held Donald Trump in contempt and fined him $10,000 a day until he turns over documents subpoenaed by the state attorney general’s office.
New York County State Supreme Court Judge Arthur Engoron found Trump in contempt for failing to produce documents in New York Attorney General Letitia James’ office’s ongoing civil investigation into him and his company’s business practices
Engoron ordered Trump to pay $10,000 every day that he continues to violate the court order to provide the documents.
A spokesperson for the state court system said that the fine takes effect starting on April 25, NBC News reported.
James had sought the fine to force Trump to turn over the documents.
In a tweet, James hailed the ruling as “a major victory.”
“Today, justice prevailed. For years, Donald Trump has tried to evade the law and stop our lawful investigation into him and his company’s financial dealings. Today’s ruling makes clear: No one is above the law,” James said in a statement.
Trump lawyer Alina Habba said that they “respectfully disagree” with the court ruling and “intend to appeal.”
“All documents responsive to the subpoena were produced to the attorney general months ago,” Habba said in a statement.
An appellate judge could put the contempt order on pause.
Later in the day, Engoron also ordered commercial company Cushman & Wakefield to provide subpoenaed documents related to the investigation.
“Cushman & Wakefield’s work for Donald J. Trump and the Trump Organization is clearly relevant to our investigation, and we are pleased that has now been confirmed by the court. Our investigation will continue undeterred,” James said.
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