After hearing arguments on Monday, Judge Arthur Engoron of the New York County State Supreme Court ruled that former President Donald Trump is in contempt of court for failing to comply with his previous orders to provide documents to the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) and imposed a $10,000 fine on Trump for every day that he continues to violate the court’s order to produce these documents.
“Mr. Trump … I know you take your business seriously, and I take mine seriously. I hereby hold you in civil contempt,” the judge said, although Trump himself was not in the New York state courtroom in Manhattan.
New York Attorney General Letitia James is investigating whether the Trump Organization, the former president’s family company based in New York City, misstated the values of its real estate properties to obtain favorable loans and tax deductions.
“Today, justice prevailed,” said James. “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.”
Today, justice prevailed.
Our investigation into Donald Trump and the Trump Organization’s financial dealings will continue undeterred because no one is above the law.
— NY AG James (@NewYorkStateAG) April 25, 2022
Earlier this month, Attorney General James took legal action to hold Trump in contempt for his refusal to comply with the court’s order to produce documents in response to a subpoena served on him by OAG as part of its ongoing investigation into his financial dealings.
“The judge’s order was crystal clear: Donald J. Trump must comply with our subpoena and turn over relevant documents to my office,” James said in a statement.
“Instead of obeying a court order, Mr. Trump is trying to evade it. We are seeking the court’s immediate intervention because no one is above the law.”
Trump is appealing another order by Engoron that he answer questions under oath by James’ investigators.