The U.S. Supreme Court said on Monday it had rejected the request made by the defense of former President Donald Trump that he wanted to prevent a New York court from investigating his tax returns.
The decision was published without comment or declaration of unsuccessful votes, and came in response to the Trump lawyers’ petition filed in October after it underwent several twists and turns in the lower courts.
“The work continues,” said the Manhattan attorney in charge of the investigation, Cyrus Vance Jr., after news of the decision was released.
Trump has several lawsuits underway, but one of the most important is the ongoing investigation by the state of New York over the U.S. magnate’s business and the possibility that Trump may have committed fraud before he came to power in 2016.
More specifically, the New York prosecutor’s office is examining possible crimes of forgery of records, tax fraud or insurance fraud of the Trump Organization, the business group founded by the former head of state. That’s why Cyrus Vance requested access to Mazars USA’s accounting records and Trump’s tax returns for the past eight years.
It was also in New York that former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to violating election campaign financial laws by accepting charges of bank fraud and tax fraud, acknowledging that he paid $ 130,000 to pornographic actress Stormy Daniels for this not publicly reveal a case involving Trump.
Trump is accused of conspiracy, and in the documents he is identified as “individual 1”, who is a “successful presidential candidate”. It is known that payments were also made to a second woman in exchange for her silence about her relations with Trump.
In addition to these lawsuits, New York Attorney General Letitia James is investigating four Trump Organization real estate projects, as well as her failed attempt to buy the Buffalo Bills football team. In this case, the cases are civil, not criminal, although they can turn into crimes if there is evidence to do so.
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