New York Prosecutors Obtain Trump’s Tax Records: Spokesman

A New York prosecutor investigating the finances of former President Donald Trump received his tax return after a marathon court battle, a spokesman said Thursday.

“Our office got the record on Monday,” Danny Frost, a spokesman for the Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, told AFP.

Vence’s office benefited after the Supreme Court rejected the final bid to prevent Trump’s lawyer from publishing records on Monday.

Prosecutors are investigating hash payments made to two women who claim to have a relationship with Trump and potential fraud.

Democrat Vance fought for over a year to profit for eight years.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump has appealed to the Supreme Court to prevent his tax records from being passed to the prosecutor.

He issued a subpoena to Trump’s accountant Mothers USA in August 2019, ordering the company to submit documents dating back to 2011.

Vence’s research initially focused on payments made prior to the 2016 presidential election to two women who claimed to be associated with Trump, including porn star Stormy Daniels.

However, state-level investigations are also investigating potential allegations of tax evasion, insurance, and bank fraud.

Trump, who left the White House last month, called the investigation “a continuation of the biggest political witch hunt in our history.”

The President of the United States is not required by law to publish personal financial details, but all US leaders since Richard Nixon have.

Manhattan prosecutor Cyrus Vance, seen here in February 2020, is investigating Donald Trump's tax affairs

Manhattan prosecutor Cyrus Vance, seen here in February 2020, is investigating Donald Trump’s tax affairs
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Trump repeatedly said he would release them while waiting for the audit, but eventually broke the tradition.

Vence investigators interviewed former Trump private lawyer Michael Cohen. Michael Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison after admitting that he had rushed to pay the two women.

A former lawyer testified to Congress that Trump and his company artificially inflated and devalued assets for both bank loan acquisition and tax cuts.

If Trump is charged and convicted, he may face imprisonment. Unlike federal crimes, state crimes are not subject to the president’s amnesty.

Investigators also recently interviewed a former president and an employee of Deutsche Bank, who has long supported the Trump Organization, according to US media.

They also spoke to the staff of Trump’s insurance broker, Aon.

Vence’s investigation is conducted in a closed room in front of the grand jury.

It is unclear if that will lead to prosecution and when it will be prosecuted, which will be the first of the former US presidents.

In July, the Supreme Court dismissed Trump’s allegation that he would not be prosecuted as the incumbent president.

Trump’s lawyer then argued that the requested documents were too broad.

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