Former US President Donald Trump’s motion to block the New York prosecutor’s office from viewing his financial records was rejected by the Supreme Court on Monday. The case concerns an order from New York District Attorney Cyrus Vance for 2011-2019 Trump tax returns.
Former US President Donald Trump’s lawyers may continue to appeal, although the court’s decision is considered final.
Thus, there are no major obstacles for the former president’s financial documents to be handed over to the New York prosecutor’s office. However, they will not be made public.
The case of the alleged payment for the silence of two women
The case concerns an order by New York District Attorney Cyrus Vance that the accounting firm Mazars USA, under penalty of perjury, disclose to him Donald Trump’s 2011-2019 tax returns. The Republican has been fighting this warrant for months, trying to prevent Vance from accessing information about his finances.
Monday’s highest court decision in federal law is a response to a motion filed by Donald Trump last October. In July, he suffered a severe setback when the US Supreme Court ruled that his claim that he was protected by immunity from an investigation while in office was unfounded. However, the judges allowed the then president to submit reservations in lower instances as to the scope of the prosecution’s access to his documentation.
Cyrus Vance’s office examines, among others the alleged payment for the silence of two women who claim to have had an affair with the former president, including adult film actress Stormy Daniels. Former Donald Trump attorney and adviser Michael Cohen, who pleaded guilty to banking and tax fraud, testified that such transactions took place.
Lawyers from the former White House host argue that Cyrus Vance is acting with ill will and political motives. Donald Trump, who assessed that he was being treated unfairly in New York, decided to officially move from this city to Florida during the election campaign. Earlier, for decades, New York was the center of his business activities, it was here that he came to the status of a real estate tycoon and a celebrity.
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