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SCOTUS rejects Trump bid to shield tax records, again

Feb 22, 2021 2:30 pm

Adam Liptak is reporting for The New York Times the U.S. Supreme Court February 22, rejected a last-ditch effort by former President Donald J. Trump to protect his financial records, issuing a brief, unsigned order requiring Trump’s accountants to turn over tax and other records to prosecutors in New York. Trump had gone to extraordinary lengths to keep his tax returns and related documents secret. There were no dissents noted. The case concerned a subpoena to accountants Mazars USA, by the office of the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., a Democrat. The firm said it will comply with the final ruling of the courts, meaning the grand jury should receive the documents soon. Vance issued a three-word statement in response to the court’s decision: “The work continues.” The scope of Vance’s inquiry is not known, but it arose in part from an investigation by his office into hush-money payments to two women who said they had affairs with Trump, relationships he has denied. However, court filings by prosecutors seem to suggest they are also looking into potential crimes like tax and insurance fraud. Read the full story in The New York Times.

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