The US Supreme Court on Monday denied former President Donald Trump, who was trying to appeal permission to transfer his tax returns and other financial documents to New York prosecutors as part of a criminal investigation.
Earlier, lower courts ordered Mazars USA, which has been involved in Trump’s accounting records for a long time and was engaged in business before being elected in 2016, to provide the Manhattan prosecutor’s office with information about Trump’s financial transactions.
Manhattan Attorney Cyrus Vance is seeking access to the former president’s 2011-2018 financial records. He reacted to the Supreme Court ruling with a short tweet: “Work continues.” Trump reacted to the court’s verdict by calling it a “witch hunt” and “fascism, not justice.”
Before the presidential election, Trump, contrary to tradition, did not publish his tax returns, citing the fact that the law does not oblige him to do so.
Vance initially investigated possible irregularities in paying money for silence to pornographic actress Stephanie Clifford, aka Stormy Daniels, and former Playboy model Karen McDougal. They previously announced an intimate relationship with Trump.
Subsequently, the prosecutor said that the investigation has become broader and associated with suspicions of fraud and falsification of documents. No charges have been filed against Trump personally.
Before the 2020 elections, which Trump lost, the New York Times claimed to have gained access to part of Trump’s tax returns and from them it follows that for many years he did not pay income taxes due to the fact that his business was unprofitable according to documents – despite the fact that Trump has built his career on the image of a successful businessman.
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