Former President Donald Trump, who is despised by New York’s subpoena, is being fined $10,000 a day until he complies

NEW YORK — Former President Donald Trump faced a civil violation for failing to comply with a subpoena from the New York Attorney General, Judge Arthur Engoron ruled Monday.

In a court ruling, Engoron said there was no evidence Trump conducted a “reasonable, thorough search” for items that might be relevant to the subpoena and what his attorney offered as evidence of compliance was “woefully inadequate.” .

Addressing Trump, who was not in the room, Engoron said, “I know you take your business seriously and I take mine seriously.”

Engoron imposed a $10,000 daily fine until Trump fully complies or provides sufficient evidence that he has nothing left to hand over.

“Donald Trump doesn’t think he’s above the law,” his attorney, Alina Habba, said during the hearing.

The attorney general’s office said Trump’s response to a subpoena for documents was “absolutely deficient,” despite a court order for full compliance by March 31.

“Donald Trump is not exempt from the authority of this court,” Assistant Attorney General Andrew Amer said. “We are being denied evidence.”

The attorney general’s office requested the documents as part of a civil investigation into how the Trump Organization evaluated its real estate holdings when applying for loans and tax benefits.

Habba insisted that Trump provided a “full and dutiful response” to the subpoena and simply lacked the kind of information the attorney general’s office was seeking.

“We didn’t have anything responsive to offer,” Habba said. “He has nothing left to give.”

Judge Engoron accused Trump and his attorney of failing to show that they actually tried to comply.

“You can’t just say I don’t have anything,” Engoron said. “You must say where you were looking.”

The attorney general’s office called for the $10,000 daily fine until Trump backs down.

“It’s not a penalty,” Amer said. “It’s compulsive.”

The dispute is the latest in a nearly three-year civil investigation that has left the judge wondering aloud, “Why is this matter taking so long?”

Trump has denied wrongdoing, and his attorney said the case “should not go on aimlessly and endlessly.”

“This is a political crusade,” Habba said.

Habba was overheard talking to her client, the former president, in the hallway.

“We’ll fix it, sir,” she said.

Habba told ABC News Trump will appeal the verdict, which she called “completely inappropriate.”

Of the $10,000 daily fine, Habba said, “This is crazy.”

New York Attorney General Letitia James expects to issue a statement shortly.

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