Court Filing Suggests DA Is Probing Trump Org For “Extensive Criminal Conduct”
According to The Hill, a recent court filing by the Manhattan district attorney’s office suggests that its subpoena for President Trump’s tax returns is part of an investigation into "possibly extensive and protracted criminal conduct at the Trump Organization.”
- “In response to the latest legal challenge by Trump's attorneys, New York County prosecutors said that news reports about the president's financial history provide sufficient justification for requesting the extensive amount of information from the accounting firm Mazars in their grand jury investigation,” The Hill reported.
- Prosecutors wrote in a filing submitted to the court on Monday: "In light of these public reports of possibly extensive and protracted criminal conduct at the Trump Organization, there was nothing facially improper (or even particularly unusual) about the Mazars Subpoena, which [was] issued in connection with a complex financial investigation, requesting eight years of records from an accounting firm.”
- Cited in the filing were three news reports: a 2018 New York Times investigation that found Trump has used "dubious tax schemes,” including "outright fraud,” while managing his company in the 1990s; a 2019 Washington Post report “that Trump had inflated his net worth to potential lenders and investors”; and a Wall Street Journal story that “details former Trump attorney Michael Cohen's allegations that the president directed him to pay hush money to two women who claim to have had affairs with the president.”
The Supreme Court ruled last month that Trump has no “special immunity to a grand jury investigation like the one being pursued by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance,” The Hill reported.
In light of that ruling, Trump's personal attorneys filed a new complaint with the federal district court in Manhattan last week that argued the subpoena is overly broad and "amounts to harassment of the President."
The Hill reported that “Vance's office responded on Monday by arguing that the latest complaint fails to put forth any valid legal challenges to the subpoena that haven't already been considered and rejected by the higher courts.”