Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Subpoenas 8 Years Of Trump’s Personal & Corporate Tax Returns
The Manhattan District Attorney’s office subpoenaed eight years of President Donald Trump‘s personal and corporate tax returns, it was reported Monday.
According to The New York Times, prosecutors from Manhattan D.A. Cyrus Vance‘s office issued the subpoena as part of a larger effort to investigate hush money payments Trump and his family business made to porn star Stormy Daniels ahead of the 2016 election.
The Times reported that Vance’s office subpoenaed several documents dating back to 2011 from the Trump family’s accounting firm, Mazars USA. Included in these records are the president’s personal tax returns and files tied to the Trump Organization.
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance issues subpoenas for 8 years of Trump’s personal and corporate tax returns in connection with criminal investigation of pre-election hush money payments.https://t.co/HNoIZ0bJIS
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Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen infamously testified before Congress earlier this year to discuss his work for the former Apprentice star for more than a decade. Cohen’s illegal actions included his $130,000 payoff to Daniels. In December, Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison for this and other campaign finance violations after pleading guilty.
State prosecutors are also reportedly evaluating whether Mazars falsely accounted for the reimbursements of Cohen’s payment to Daniels as a legal expense. Filing a false business record is a crime in the state of New York. Should the D.A.’s office find evidence that the false filing was made in order to conceal or commit another crime, this would constitute a felony.
Democratic New York lawmakers have already pursued Trump’s state tax returns multiple times, as the state is home to the Trump Organization. In July, New York’s legislature made progress on the issue after Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed a bill that would allow Congress to gain access to the president’s taxes.
Meanwhile, House Democrats have continued their pursuit of Trump’s federal taxes by subpoenaing six years of the president’s returns from the Treasury Department. Lawmakers have also sought documents from Mazars, Capital One and Deutsche Bank.
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