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 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 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.
The attorney general’s office criticized the appeal.
“The judge’s order was clear: Donald J. Trump is in contempt of court and must pay $ 10,000 a day until he complies with our subpoenas,” James said in a statement. “We’ve seen this playbook before, and it has never stopped our investigation of Mr. Trump and his organization. This time is no different.”
This story has been updated with additional details Wednesday.