CNN reports that former President Donald Trump’s tax returns and other related records have been turned over to the Manhattan district attorney, despite Trump’s best efforts to keep them hidden.
Prosecutors obtained the records on Monday, just hours after the US Supreme Court denied Trump’s last-ditch effort to keep the records private, a spokesperson for the district attorney said.
The millions of pages of documents, sources say, contain Trump’s tax returns spanning from January 2011 to August 2019, as well as financial statements, engagement agreements, documents relating to the preparation and review of tax returns, and work papers and communications related to the tax returns.
Though the documents handed off from Trump’s long-time accounting firm Mazars won’t be released to the public because they’re subject to grand jury secrecy rules, their delivery caps off an extraordinary 17-month quest by the former President and his lawyers to block investigators from obtaining the records.
For months, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance has been investigating Trump and the Trump Organization for potential tax fraud, insurance fraud, and other fraud schemes, CNN reported, “including potentially providing false information to financial institutions or banks about the value of certain buildings and assets.”
Vance spokesperson Danny Frost confirmed that the office received the records on Monday, according to the report.
The records may be critical to the investigation because they are likely to contain documents that reflect the decision-making behind valuations and tax write-offs, which may be important to determine whether there was intent to commit a crime. The investigators have wanted to review the documents before calling key witnesses before the grand jury, people familiar with the inquiry said.
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