Trump’s lawyers insisted that the prosecutor is trying to get information about the tax deductions of the former US president “with malicious intent or with the purpose of prosecution.”
The US Supreme Court has rejected a petition by former US President Donald Trump, who tried to prevent the transfer of his tax returns for eight years to the District Attorney of New York. The corresponding statement was published on Monday in the electronic database of the court.
“Request for suspension of proceedings in the case <…> rejected, ” the document says. Thus, the Supreme Court upheld the decision of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which in October last year did not interfere with the transfer of Trump’s tax returns to the prosecutor of the US district of New York (located in the state of the same name) Cyrus Vance. Trump’s lawyers insisted that the prosecutor is trying to obtain information about the tax deductions of the former US president “with malicious intent or with the purpose of prosecution.”
The Associated Press emphasizes that having secured the decision of the Supreme Court, Vance will be able to obtain Trump’s tax returns freely. At the same time, it is noted that, according to American law, these documents cannot be published in the public domain. “The work continues,” the agency quoted Vance as saying in a statement released on Monday in connection with the court’s verdict.
In 2019, Vance sent subpoenas to the American division of the French-based firm Mazars, demanding to provide data on tax deductions of Trump and his company, the Trump Organization, since 2011. The prosecutor stressed that he needed to get acquainted with these materials in connection with the ongoing proceedings. It concerns the role that Trump allegedly could have played in paying money for silence to women who claimed that they had intimate relations with him in the past, as well as possible violations in the tax and banking spheres.
Mazars has previously prepared financial statements for Trump, his family members, and his businesses. The former US president has previously made some attempts to stop the proceedings initiated by Vance.
Democrats demand disclosure of returns
Trump’s political opponents have been demanding that he release his tax returns since the 2016 presidential race. The Republican, under various pretexts, refuses to do so. In particular, he states that the regulatory authorities conduct inspections in relation to the companies owned by him. According to Trump, in this regard, it is undesirable to publish information about tax deductions.
The New York County District Attorney specializes in bringing charges for violations of state laws. This position is elective. Vance represents the Democratic Party of the United States.
The New York Times newspaper in September 2020 claimed that its journalists had read Trump’s tax returns for more than 20 years. It allegedly follows that in 2016 and 2017, he paid income tax in total only for $1.5 thousand. Trump said that these claims are not true.