US judge rejects Trump’s bid to end contempt order, keeps $10,000 daily fine in place

A New York judge on Friday rejected a request by Donald Trump’s lawyer to end a contempt of court conviction against the former US president and upheld a $10,000-a-day fine for his non -Compliance with a subpoena issued by the state attorney general investigating the business practices of Trump’s family business, the Trump Organization.

Judge Arthur Engoron of New York State Court in Manhattan said he was not satisfied with an affidavit provided by Trump and said there was no evidence that Trump conducted a search investigation of the records sought by New York Attorney General Letitia James.

“I’m surprised he doesn’t appear to have any documents, they’re all with the organization,” Judge said.

“I will consider your request to end the fine,” he told Trump attorney Alina Habba. “But if you haven’t heard from me, time is still running out.”

James says his investigation uncovered evidence that the Trump Organization, which manages hotels, golf courses and other real estate around the world, provided banks and tax authorities with misleading financing information in order to obtain financial benefits such as favorable loans and tax breaks.

Trump, a Republican, has denied any wrongdoing and calls the investigation politically motivated. James is a Democrat.