Democrat Cyrus Vance will sift through the documents to investigate whether the former president violated election campaign finance laws or carried out tax fraud to pay less tax.
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance was granted access to eight years of statements of income tax of the ex-president Donald Trump. The release took place on Monday, 22, hours after the Supreme Court of U.S reject the continued secrecy of the data, which the billionaire’s lawyers had been trying to maintain for over a year. According to the American television station CNN, the tax documents that were with the accounting firm Mazars cover the period from January 2011 to August 2019 and include not only financial statements but also agreements, communiqués and other attachments. Cyrus Vance’s goal is to investigate possible tax fraud, inflated valuations, unwarranted deductions and double bookings made to pay less tax over the years. If this is proven, it is possible that Donald Trump and several people close to him will be called in to give testimony.
Manhattan prosecutor’s accusations revolve around the porn actress case Stormy Daniels, with whom Donald Trump would have had sex in the past. The former Republican lawyer, Michael Cohen, would have passed on $ 130,000 so that the woman would not say anything that could harm the tycoon in the race for the presidency in 2016. The investigation seeks to clarify whether these payments violated election campaign financing laws and, for that, asked for access to the eight years of Trump’s income tax returns. In recent years, the ex-president has insisted on not handing over the documents on the grounds that the order is too broad, issued “in bad faith” and amounts to political “harassment” by the Democratic Party.
Meanwhile, there has also been progress in the judicial process related to the author and journalist Jean Carroll, who accuses the Republican of having her raped inside a department store Nova York in the 1990s. Trump called the former columnist for Elle magazine “a liar” for these claims and justified that the woman, who is now 77, was not her “type”. Carroll then decided to file a civil defamation lawsuit that has been running since November 2019. The former president had been evading the case by claiming that his duties made it impossible for him to answer legally, but this week the journalist’s lawyers again pressed for him to appear in court to testify.
* With information from EFE