Pros­e­cu­tor seek­ing Trump’s taxes cites probe of busi­ness

The Korea Times - - WORLD -

Man­hat­tan’s district at­tor­ney on Mon­day sug­gested a grand jury sub­poena for U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s tax re­turns was part of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion of “pos­si­bly ex­ten­sive and pro­tracted crim­i­nal con­duct at the Trump Or­ga­ni­za­tion,” in­clud­ing al­leged in­sur­ance and bank fraud.

Man­hat­tan District At­tor­ney Cyrus Vance raised the scope of the probe in court pa­pers filed in federal court in Man­hat­tan on Mon­day. He is seek­ing to dis­miss Trump’s lat­est chal­lenge to the sub­poena for eight years of per­sonal and cor­po­rate tax records.

Asked about the in­ves­ti­ga­tion at a coro­n­avirus press brief­ing on Mon­day, Trump re­peated that he be­lieved he is the vic­tim of a po­lit­i­cal “witch hunt,” which he said was “Democrats’ stuff” and started “even be­fore I got in” to of­fice.

“There is noth­ing that I know even about it,” he added.

Trump is sched­uled to re­spond to Vance’s mo­tion to dis­miss by Aug. 10.

In a court fil­ing last week, Trump’s lawyers ar­gued the sub­poena was “wildly over­broad” and is­sued in “bad faith.”

Vance noted in the court pa­pers that when the sub­poena was is­sued last Au­gust, there were “pub­lic al­le­ga­tions of pos­si­ble crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity” at the Trump Or­ga­ni­za­tion dat­ing back adecade.

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