A federal judge released former President Trump from a civil contempt finding but ordered him to pay $110,000 in fines for failing to comply with a subpoena to turn over several financial documents to state Attorney General Letitia James.
Judge Arthur Engeron said the contempt charge would be lifted only if certain conditions are met – including that the former president’s team provides the court with a description of the Trump Organization’s document retention and destruction policy and reviewing the remaining five boxes tied to Trump at an off-storage facility by May 20, according to CNN.
Engeron agreed that Trump could place the $110,00 fine in an escrow account until his appeal of the contempt ruling is completed.
‘I want the fine paid. That fine is now $110,000,’ the judge told Trump’s attorney.
If Trump fails to comply with the fee, the judge said he will bring back the contempt finding.
Engeron had issued the contempt finding on April 25 and slapped the former president with a $10,000 a day fine for every day he held out financial documents from James’ investigation into whether the Trump Organization, the former president’s real estate empire, misstated the values of its real estate properties to obtain favorable loans and tax deductions.
Engeron stopped the clock on the daily fine on Friday when Trump’s attorney submitted sworn statements about his efforts to comply with the attorney general’s subpoena.