Donald Trump appeals contempt ruling

The notice of appeal was filed to the New York Supreme Court two days after Trump was held in contempt.

Updated: April 27, 2022 - 4:27pm

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Former President Donald Trump on Wednesday filed an appeal of a New York contempt ruling and a daily $10,000 fine for not complying with the state attorney general's subpoena.

The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) "has satisfied its burden of demonstrating that Mr. Trump willfully disobeyed a lawful court order," New York Supreme Court Judge Arthur Engoron wrote in a court order on Tuesday, The Hill reported.

The Trump team filed the notice of appeal to the New York Supreme Court two days after the original contempt ruling.

Engoron held the former president in contempt on Monday for not complying with the subpoena for documents related to the Trump Organization's business practices.

"The purpose of civil contempt is not to punish, but, rather, to coerce and/or to compensate. OAG seeks to fine Mr. Trump $10,000 per day until he satisfies his obligations, which this Court, which has wide discretion in such matters, finds to be reasonable," the judge said Wednesday.

In February, Engoron ruled that Trump needed to provide documents to Democratic New York Attorney General Letitia James for her civil investigation into his company.

The judge also ruled at that time that the former president and his two eldest children, Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr., must be questioned under oath in James' probe.

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