Should Have Been Jail

Matthew G. Saroff
3 min readApr 25, 2022

Donald Trump is refusing to profide document that were subpoenad as a part of NY AG Letitia James’ investigation of possible fraud and tax evasion by the Trump organization, so now a judge has imposed a $10,000.00 a day fine for contempt of court.

Not enough. Even though that is a not insignificant amount of money, and even though it is almost certain that Donald Trump has overstated his wealth, we has adequate resources between his Super PAC, Joint Fundraising Committee, etc.

If you want compliance, you need to throw him in Rikers until he complies.

Of course, this won’t happen, but it should, because this is what would happen if an ordinary business man behaved in this way:

A New York state judge on Monday held Donald J. Trump in contempt of court for failing to comply with a subpoena from the state attorney general’s office, an extraordinary rebuke of the former president that came as that office suggested it might soon file a long-threatened lawsuit against him.

The judge, Arthur F. Engoron, ordered Mr. Trump to fully respond to the subpoena from the attorney general, Letitia James — who sought records from the former president about his family business — and assessed a fine of $10,000 per day until he satisfied the court’s requirements.

“Mr. Trump: I know you take your business seriously, and I take mine seriously,” said Justice Engoron, before he held Mr. Trump in contempt and banged his gavel.

The contempt order amounted to a judicial condemnation of Mr. Trump’s signature tactic — stonewalling litigation and law enforcement investigations that he has derided as politically motivated, sometimes for years. That practice has helped him emerge from several inquiries largely unscathed, stymieing a legion of prosecutors, regulators and congressional investigators seeking to hold him to account.

This won’t bring him into compliance. $3.65 million (or is it $2.6 million) a year is pocket change compared to what he can extract from various political fundraising organizations, that’s why I say that he should have taken into custody.

That would get results.