Donald Trump on Wednesday appealed a judge’s order holding him in civil contempt and fining him $10,000 a day in New York Attorney General Letitia James’ probe of his business dealings.
Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron had issued the ruling Monday, finding the former president failed to meet a March 31 deadline to turn over the documents to James’ office in its investigation of the Trump Organization.
The daily fines started accumulating as of Tuesday, and will continue until Trump properly answers the subpoena, or gives a detailed explanation of any searches that his lawyers made for the materials sought by James, Engoron’s ruling specified.
The ex-president’s lawyers had answered the subpoena by saying that they didn’t have any documents to hand in that weren’t already being turned over by the Trump Organization.
James’ office launched its probe of the Trump Organization in 2019 following testimony before Congress from Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen that Trump had exaggerated the value of company assets for loan, insurance and tax purposes.
The AG then filed suit in 2020 against the company and Eric Trump alleging that they were stonewalling the investigation.
She has since added Trump and his kids Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr. as defendants in the case seeking to depose them. The family trio also has an appeal pending on an order for their testimony.
The AG’s office didn’t immediately return a request for comment.