New York attorney Cyrus Vance received tax returns from former President Donald Trump on Monday, a spokesperson for Agence France-Presse said. The attorney obtained the documents after the Supreme Court rejected the latest appeal by Trump’s lawyers. Trump and Vance have been locked in a legal battle over the release of the documents for years.
These are statements from several years that New York State has been trying to control for years. Documents are required in the investigation of potential tax evasion, tax fraud, banking and insurance. The ball began to roll when a preliminary investigation was opened into possible silent financial payments for the two women during Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougall claim they have had an affair with Trump.
Vance had wanted to review Trump and his companies’ tax returns for the 2011-2018 period since August 2019, but the then president and his lawyers tried to stop that with every possible legal action. It’s mainly about documents and reports from the time Trump was active as a real estate mogul, right before his presidency.
Vance and his team have reportedly interviewed employees of Deutsche Bank, the last major investment bank to look after Trump’s financial interests, and his insurer Aon. His former lawyer Michael Cohen has also been questioned again.
Unlike his predecessors in the White House, Trump never wanted to disclose his tax returns as president. He frequently talks about the “political persecution” of which he has been a victim for years.
The Trump companies form a conglomerate, the Trump Organization. The group now has nearly five hundred companies. It was founded in 1923 by the parents of the current president and is owned by Trump.
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