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The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a new attempt by Donald Trump to avoid turning over his accounting records to a New York prosecutor. It allows him to continue his investigations against the ex-president who put him at risk, in the long term, of indictment.

Asked by lawyers for the ex-New York tycoon, the Supreme Court refused to overturn a federal judge’s decision who had ordered the delivery of eight years of tax and banking returns to Manhattan prosecutor Cyrus Vance, who has been asking for them for months.

The Supreme Court had already ordered Donald Trump in July 2020 to transmit these documents to the prosecutor, but the lawyers for the magnate had re-requested it to contest the scope of the documents requested.

“The work continues”, simply reacted Mr. Vance in a statement.

Tax fraud

Initially centered on payments made, before the presidential election of 2016, to two alleged mistresses of the billionaire, the investigation of Mr. Vance, investigated behind closed doors before a grand jury, now also examines possible allegations of tax fraud, insurance fraud , or bank fraud.

If those suspicions were true and Mr. Trump was charged, they would expose the ex-president to possible imprisonment. Unlike federal offenses, violations of state laws cannot be pardoned by the US president.

Donald Trump did not immediately react to the Supreme Court’s decision on Monday. But in the past he has called the investigation “the worst witch hunt in US history.”

Unlike his predecessors, the real estate developer and ex-reality TV star, who left New York for good to move to his club in Mar-a-Lago, Florida, never released his tax returns. .



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