Trump Fundraiser Fined $1,000 A Day

( Not only was Trump found in contempt of court for refusing to comply with subpoenas in the New York investigation, but now a vendor for the Trump Organization was also.

Cushman & Wakefield Inc., the former appraiser for the Trump Organization, was convicted in contempt of court and will be penalized $10,000 per day for neglecting to turn over papers that were demanded as part of a New York inquiry into Donald Trump’s business.

New York Attorney General Letitia James investigates the Manhattan-based real estate company’s asset values. In September and February, she served Cushman & Wakefield with subpoenas.

The judge ordered the appraiser to turn up what the judge described as “an extraordinary quantity of records” by June 27 after the appraiser failed to challenge the subpoenas in court and on appeal. It asked for a delay on June 29.

Justice Arthur Engoron of the New York Supreme Court stated in an order on Tuesday that his court is skeptical as to why Cushman & Wakefield would wait until two days after the court-ordered deadline had passed to commence a process of requesting yet another extension. He stated that the fine would begin on July 7 and last until the business complied.

In an email response, Cushman & Wakefield claimed that it had taken “extraordinary measures” to abide by the court’s ruling.

The company said, referring to the attorney general’s office, that they have expended great expense and effort to identify, collect, review quickly, and produce the massive set of documents requested by the OAG. They have now produced over hundreds of thousands of pages of documents and over 650 appraisals since the last subpoena was issued in February 2022.”

It stated that it would contest the contempt judgment.

For failing to provide records pertaining to the appraisals, the judge declared Trump himself in contempt in April. Before being deemed in compliance last month, the former president was fined $110,000. He referred to James’ investigation as a political vendetta.

No one or organization, no matter how strong, is above the law, according to a statement posted by James on Twitter on Wednesday.

The case number is New York v. Trump Organization, 451685/2020, State of New York Supreme Court (Manhattan).