Saturday, February 27, 2021

US Supreme Court allows transmission of Trump tax returns


Mr Trump wanted the country’s highest court to suspend a first-instance decision, handed down last October, which forced his accounting firm, Mazars USA, to comply with the production of documents order presented by Cyrus’s office Vance.

It is not known when Mr. Vance will obtain the files, but the Mazars firm had indicated that it would comply with the court ruling. She reiterated her commitment to fulfill all [ses] professional and legal obligations.

Work continues, Settled for years declare a terse tweet Attorney Cyrus Vance.

In a statement to the bellicose tone, Donald Trump was again asked by the victim of a witch hunt and a political persecution, taking the opportunity to denounce the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and wrongly reiterate that he had won the November 2020 election.

He also accused prosecutors of delivering justice worthy of the Third World and sink into fascism.

The Supreme Court would never have allowed this “fishing expedition”, but it did.

Donald Trump

No judge of the Court now with a conservative majority has expressed dissent.

This is a major defeat for the former tenant of the White House, who has stepped up legal proceedings to block the disclosure of the statements. This is even the second time that the case has reached the Supreme Court.

In July 2020, the highest American court rejected the arguments of Donald Trump, then president, who claimed to enjoy absolute immunity as long as he was in the White House.

The Court, composed of three judges appointed by the former president, however, had recognized him the right to challenge in court the scope and relevance of specific orders for production of documents.

Very limited disclosure

It is not assured that the information will ever be disclosed to the public. They will be presented before a grand jury, a group of citizens drawn by lot who acts in complete confidentiality and who will determine whether charges will be brought.

Prosecutor’s Office Vance has been conducting a criminal investigation into Donald Trump and the Trump Organization for years.

The case affects more than eight years of declarations of personal and corporate income concerning Mr. Trump, from 2011 to 2018. Last year, prosecutors had evoked possible serious and prolonged criminal activity within the Trump organization.

The Manhattan district attorney’s investigation is particularly linked to the payments made during the election campaign two alleged mistresses Donald Trump in the wake of revelations of his former personal lawyer and former confidant, Michael Cohen. The latter was also convicted in this case.

In August 2020, however, documents filed by Cyrus Vance’s office indicated that the scope of his investigation extended to the possibility of bank fraud and insurance fraud.

Michael Cohen had told Congress in 2019 that his former client overestimated its financial assets when dealing with the media or the banks, but downplayed it when the time came to pay his taxes.

Last fall, the New York Times revealed that Donald Trump had avoided paying federal income taxes for 11 of the 18 years the daily examined and only paid $ 750 in 2016 and 2017.

Unlike all of his predecessors since the 1970s, Donald Trump has always refused to release his tax returns, fueling speculation about the extent of his wealth or potential conflicts of interest.

Multiple legal battles in sight

The investigation could complicate the post-presidential life of Mr. Trump, who faces other legal pitfalls, particularly on the fiscal front, for acts he is accused of having committed before taking the presidency the United States.

He is also being sued for defamation by a woman who accuses him of sexual assault.

Donald Trump might also have to answer for acts committed during his tenure.

An elected Democrat, for example, is suing the ex-president, his former personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and two right-wing extremist groups, whom he accuses of having conspired to block the validation of the electoral results, on January 6.

A Georgia prosecutor also recently announced the opening of a criminal investigation into the attempts to influence the presidential election, including the call Donald Trump to the Secretary of State of Georgia, Brad Raffensperger.



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