New York prosecutors digging into Trump's tax, financial records
By Karen Freifeld
(Reuters) - After a protracted legal battle, the Manhattan District Attorney is in possession of Donald Trump's tax returns and other financial records as part of a criminal investigation into the former president and his family-run Trump organization, a spokesman for the office confirmed Thursday.
New York prosecutors received the bulky filing on Monday, the day the US Supreme Court dismissed Trump's recent attempt to prevent his longtime accounting firm Mazars USA from handing over the filing.
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Danny Frost, a spokesman for Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, confirmed the receipt of the documents by the office, which was received about 18 months after they were issued a subpoena.
The records, which include eight years of tax returns, could fuel the district attorney's investigation into the Trump organization.
Unlike all other recent US presidents, Trump refused to publish his tax returns. The data could provide details about his assets and the activities of the family-run real estate company.
A spokesman for Mazars USA did not immediately respond to a request for comment. On Monday, following the Supreme Court ruling, Trump issued a statement calling Vance's investigation part of "the greatest political witch hunt in our country's history."
Vance subpoenaed Mazars in 2019 to receive Trump's 2011-2018 corporate and personal tax returns. Trump's attorneys sued to block the subpoena, arguing that a seated president would have absolute immunity from state criminal investigations.
The Supreme Court dismissed those arguments in July but said Trump could raise other objections. Trump's attorneys then told the lower courts that the subpoena was too broad and constituted political harassment, but the lower courts denied those claims last year.
Vance's investigation initially focused on hush money that former Trump attorney Michael Cohen had paid prior to the 2016 election as adult film actress Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal. The two women said they had sexual encounters with Trump, which he denied.
In court files, Vance later suggested the investigation had expanded to focus on potential banking, tax, and insurance fraud, as well as falsification of business records.
Vance's receipt of the documents does not mean that they will become public.
The New York Times received some of the records and reported last year that Trump had paid $ 750 in federal income taxes in both 2016 and 2017, and no income tax for 10 of the previous 15 years. Trump has denied the Times report.
(Reporting by Karen Freifeld; editing by Noeleen Walder and Bill Berkrot)
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