NEWS & ANALYSIS

Trump Appeals Civil Contempt Ruling


President Trump on Wednesday appealed a federal judge’s order holding him in civil contempt and fining him $10,000 a day. 

As previously reported by Human Events News, on Monday, New York Supreme Court Judge Arthur Engoron said Trump did not meet the order he issued to comply with the subpoena and that the court would fine him $10,000 a day until he resolved the ruling.

“Mr. Trump, I know you take your business seriously and I take mine seriously,” Engoron said. “I hereby hold you in civil contempt and fine you $10,000 per day until you purge that contempt.”

New York Attorney General Letitia James earlier this month asked the state judge to hold President Trump in civil contempt over his refusal to hand over documents as part of an ongoing investigation.

In a 21-page filing, James also requested that Engoron fine Trump $10,000 for each day he fails to produce the documents.

Engoron gave Trump a deadline – March 31st – to comply with James’ subpoena for records, and ordered him and his two eldest children to comply with subpoenas for their testimony.

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, the New York Post reports

Trump’s lawyers 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.