New York Suggests a Fraud Probe Is Driving Its Bid for Trump Records
U.S. President Donald Trump sits during a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S. (Photographer: Doug Mills/The New York Times/Bloomberg)

New York Suggests a Fraud Probe Is Driving Its Bid for Trump Records

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. asked a judge to throw out Donald Trump’s latest effort to block a subpoena for his tax returns and other financial records, after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the president doesn’t have absolute immunity from state criminal investigations.

Vance asked U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero to throw out a new complaint by Trump, which seeks to prevent his accounting firm, Mazars USA LLP, from turning over evidence in Vance’s investigation of hush-money payments to porn star Stormy Daniels before the 2016 election. Daniels claims she had sex with Trump.

The Supreme Court last month rejected Trump’s claim that, as president, he and the people around him have broad immunity from criminal investigations. The high court said he can raise arguments that the subpoena is too broad or is intended to harass him, which is why the case is back in court. Trump filed a new complaint July 27 claiming the grand jury subpoena is “wildly overbroad” and was made in bad faith.

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