Lawyer for former President Donald Trump Alina Habba filed an appeal on Wednesday over a civil contempt ruling against him, saying that Trump had complied with a subpoena to turn records over to the court.
Trump was held in contempt by the lower court and the New York Supreme Court upheld the ruling, which also included a $10,000 per day fine for non-compliance.
New York Attorney General Letitia James was not satisfied with the information turned over by Trump and his attorneys.
“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. We’ve seen this playbook before, and it has never stopped our investigation of Mr. Trump and his organization. This time is no different,” New York Attorney General Letitia James said in a press release about the appeal.
“All documents” turned over
Habba asked in the appeal whether the fine and contempt charge “serves any purpose as either a compensatory or coercive remedy.” She also argued that James failed to show that Trump’s conduct harmed her office.
“All documents responsive to the subpoena were produced to the attorney general months ago,” Habba told the court, according to the Associated Press.
But Judge Arthur Engoron wanted a sworn statement from Trump’s legal team about the process they used to search for the documents.
The AG wanted documents that were in filing cabinets near Trump’s office, but Habba claimed they were irrelevant because Trump had not helped prepare them.
James also requested information from three mobile devices Trump used.
Trump has dragged his feet as much as possible to avoid giving up the requested information, and may be continuing to do so.
The $10,000 per day fine levied against Trump amounts to $3.5 million per year if the contempt charge remains unresolved but as a billionaire, Trump can likely easily afford to pay the fines.
On the other hand, James seemed hell-bent on “getting” Trump in any way she can, and will likely continue her efforts to do so.