Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Trump refuses to hide tax documents – NRK Urix – Foreign news and documentaries


Last fall, a federal appeals court gave the green light for the prosecution in New York to have access to the then president’s tax returns.

Trump’s lawyers appealed the case to prevent the public prosecutor in Manhattan from accessing tax documents that cover a period of eight years.

According to the New York Times, Trump’s auditor, Mazar’s USA, will reprimand the verdict.

Prosecutor and New York State Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. says in a three word statement, “the work continues”, the work continues.

New York State Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. wants access to Trump’s tax returns.

Foto: Craig Ruttle / AP

Finishing line in court

The ruling from the Supreme Court is described in the American media as a serious setback for Trump. It also means that a preliminary end is being drawn for a long legal tug of war that has already been heard by the Supreme Court once earlier in the process.

The ruling does not automatically mean that the tax returns will be published for everyone to read, but it is still a defeat for Trump.

He fought on many fronts to be able to shield his income conditions for all government agencies.

Sought after by the authorities

The tax returns of the former president have been in high demand ever since Trump announced his candidacy in 2015. Ever since President Richard Nixon, all presidents and candidates have handed out their tax returns, except Gerald Ford and Donald Trump.

In 2020, The New York Times wrote that Trump reportedly paid only $ 750 in federal taxes in 2016.

The president himself has always believed that he has paid taxes, but that the tax returns have been under revision by the US tax authorities.

Former President Donald Trump
Photo: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / AFP

Trump then criticized the IRS.

– They have not treated me well, they have treated me very badly, the president said.

The revelations in the article from the New York Times also show that Trump did not pay federal income tax in 10 of the years between 2000 and 2015.

Hanging by him

At the prosecution in New York, these documents will now be part of a broader investigation of Trump’s financial dispositions and for a long time affect his life as a former president.

Trump himself has described the investigation as “a fishing trip and a culmination of the largest witch hunt in history.”

The president’s lawyers have argued that the request for access had to be rejected because it was too extensive and was to be regarded as “political harassment” by the prosecution.

The Supreme Court has now chosen to ignore this.

Also under investigation in Georgia

Trump is also under investigation in the state of Georgia, after his now-famous phone call to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.

State Secretary Brad Raffensperger.
Foto: DUSTIN CHAMBERS / Reuters

In the conversation that is reproduced in the Washington Post newspaper, Trump asked Raffensperger to find votes.

– Listen, all I want is for you to find 11,780 votes. We won the state.

Trump lost the state by 11,779 votes, according to CNN.

The state’s prosecuting authority is now collecting material that can be used in the investigation. Trump risks being convicted of electoral fraud.



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