A New York State attorney obtained Donald Trump’s tax returns and other financial documents.
After a lengthy court battle, the Manhattan District Attorney is in possession of Donald Trump’s tax returns and other financial records in connection with a criminal investigation into the former president and his Trump family organization, confirmed Thursday a spokesperson for the office.
The New York attorney’s office obtained the large files on Monday, the same day the United States Supreme Court rejected Trump’s latest attempt to stop his longtime accounting firm Mazars USA from turning over the records.
Danny Frost, a spokesperson for Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, confirmed receipt of the documents by the office, which came about 18 months after a subpoena was issued against them.
The files, which include eight years of tax returns, could boost the district attorney’s investigation into the Trump organization.
Unlike all other recent American presidents, Trump has refused to make his tax returns public. The data could provide details about his fortune and the activities of the family real estate company.
A spokesperson for Mazars USA did not immediately respond to a request for comment. On Monday, after the Supreme Court ruling, Trump released a statement calling Vance’s investigation “the greatest political witch-hunt in our country’s history.”
Vance subpoenaed Mazars in 2019 to search for Trump’s corporate and personal income tax returns from 2011 to 2018. Trump’s attorneys have filed a lawsuit to block the subpoena, arguing that a sitting president enjoyed ‘absolute immunity from state criminal investigations.
In July, the Supreme Court rejected those arguments but said Trump may raise other objections. Trump’s lawyers then told lower courts the subpoena was too broad and amounted to political harassment, but lower courts dismissed those claims last year.
Vance’s investigation initially focused on the silent money paid by former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen ahead of the 2016 election to adult film actress Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal . The two women said they had sex with Trump, which he denied.
In documents filed in court, Vance subsequently suggested that the investigation had widened and could focus on possible bank, tax and insurance fraud, as well as the falsification of business documents.
Vance’s receipt of the documents does not mean that they will become public.
The New York Times obtained some of the recordings and reported last year that Trump had paid $ 750 federal income tax in 2016 and 2017, and no income tax in 10 of the previous 15 years. Trump disputed the Times report.