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Clay Curtis
August 4, 2020

According to Times reporters William K. Rashbaum and Benjamin Weiser, the filings indicate a "significantly broader inquiry than the prosecutors have acknowledged in the past".

A new federal court filing from the Manhattan district attorney's office seeking to get President Donald Trump's to comply with a subpoena for his tax returns got a fair amount of press attention Monday for what it suggested about the scope of the office's investigation.

Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, described such practices during congressional testimony.

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 a decade.

That ruling also hinted that Vance's investigation related to a wide array of Trump's legal troubles, including a nonprosecution agreement between the federal prosecutors and the publisher of the National Enquirer, the conviction of Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen and "investigations by multiple other NY regulatory authorities".

Vance urged the court to dismiss Trump's latest challenge to the subpoena "without delay", arguing the complaint "merely regurgitates allegations and arguments this court has rejected before". In an interview with Trump at the time, Swan prompted the president to confirm he wanted to end automatic citizenship for immigrant children not born in the U.S.

"They failed with Mueller", he said, referring to the justice department investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller that failed to establish the president had colluded with the Kremlin during his election campaign.

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In the interview, which aired on HBO, Trump was asked how the virus was under control when 1,000 Americans were dying each day.

Asked about the investigation at a White House briefing, Trump called it a "continuation of the worst witch hunt in American history".

"I can't say one way or the other", Trump said.

"This court is already aware that this assertion is fatally undermined by undisputed information in the public record", the prosecutors wrote, before citing the media accounts. Marrero must rule on the new arguments, which Trump can then appeal.

Vance's filing states it's a "false premise" that his inquiry is focused on the hush-money payments issue alone.

And in the documentary "John Lewis: Good Trouble", released shortly before his death, Lewis said, "My greatest fear is that one day we might wake up and our democracy is gone".

Even if NY prosecutors obtain Trump's tax records, it's unlikely that they will go public before the election, as grand jury investigations are kept private. Both women claim to have had affairs with Trump, which he denies. The records might only emerge later if criminal charges are brought and the records are introduced in a trial.

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