We may have a better idea of what the rush was for the Department of Justice to shake things up in the New York District Attorney’s office, after a clarifying court filing from US Attorney Cyrus Vance in the Manhattan office laid out a previously unknown detail: The investigation isn’t just about the “hush money” checks that Trump and his former fixer Michael Cohen cut to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal — it’s also related to “alleged insurance and bank fraud” over the past decade.
After the Supreme Court’s July ruling that Trump was not entitled to any special privilege preventing Vance from issuing subpoenas for his tax records for the past several years, the President attempted one more blocking maneuver toward the end of the month, calling Vance’s subpoenas “wildly overbroad” in an amended complaint filed on the 27th of July.
But in his rejoinder to Trump’s appeal, Vance revealed that the illicit sex money was not all his office was looking into:
Plaintiff’s argument that the Mazars Subpoena is overbroad fails for the additional reason that it rests on the false premise that the grand jury’s investigation is limited to so-called ‘hush-money’ payments made by Michael Cohen on behalf of Plaintiff in 2016.”
That’s not a hint — that’s Vance explicitly saying that the belief that hush money is all he’s after is false. Coupled with the fact that Vance argues Trump has included no additional information relevant to his appeal that would prove his “bad faith” claim about the subpoenas, the filing is unmistakably in line with the direction the Supreme Court ruled in when Trump objected.
Additionally, the Manhattan Attorney says that his office has evidence of criminal activity spanning more than ten years, which is still within the statute of limitations, “particularly if the transactions involved a continuing pattern of conduct.”
One way or the other, we are getting Trump’s tax returns and there’s nothing he can do about it.
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