A New York prosecutor, Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr., has obtained copies of Donald Trump’s tax records after the Supreme Court this week rejected the former president’s last-ditch effort to prevent them from being handed over, AP reports.
Trump was issued a subpoena by the Manhattan district attorney’s office accounting firm within hours of the Supreme Court’s ruling on Monday and now has the documents in hand, a spokesperson for the office, Danny Frost, said Thursday.
The one and a half-long fight to gain access to Trump’s tax records for a criminal grand jury investigation into his business dealings, ended in victory forn Vance, who is a Democrat.
According to AP, the documents are protected by grand jury secrecy rules and are not expected to be made public.
Vance’s wide-ranging investigation borders on an examination of whether Trump or his businesses lied about the value of assets to gain favorable loan terms and tax benefits. The district attorney is also scrutinizing hush-money payments paid to women on Trump’s behalf.
Vance’s office issued a subpoena to Trump’s accounting firm, Mazars USA, in August 2019 seeking eight years of his tax returns and related documents.
Trump’s lawyers immediately went to court to block its enforcement, first arguing that he was immune from being investigated while president.
When the Supreme Court rejected that argument 7-2 last July, Trump’s lawyers returned to a lower court and argued the subpoena was issued in bad faith, overly broad, might have been politically motivated and amounted to harassment. An appellate court rejected that argument and the Supreme Court on Monday declined to intervene, AP reports.
In a three-word statement after the Supreme Court ruled on Monday, Vance said only: “The work continues.”
Vance is spearheading the investigation along with his general counsel, Carey Dunne, who made arguments on behalf of the office at various appellate court hearings. Vance recently hired former mafia prosecutor Mark Pomerantz as a special assistant district attorney to assist in the probe.
Irate Trump has called Vance’s investigation “a fishing expedition” and “a continuation of the witch hunt — the greatest witch hunt in history.”
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