BREAKING: The Manhattan D.A. can now get Trump's tax returns & associated papers
The investigation began after Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to violating campaign finance laws on behalf of "Individual-1" and making misrepresentations to his bank.

The D.A. began looking at whether Trump or his business lied about the way it reimbursed Cohen for hush money payments to Stormy Daniels...when it called those payments "a retainer." Such lies can be felonies in New York.

The investigation soon expanded to examine possible bank fraud, tax fraud, and insurance fraud: in plain language, whether Trump deflated values of his properties when he had to pay taxes, and inflated those values when he wanted to borrow money. From court papers:

In the fall of 2019, our colleague @propublica, @hvogell reported on how this worked in two Trump buildings, 40 Wall Street, and Trump's hotel & tower at Columbus Circle:…

@propublica @hvogell In recent months, D.A. Vance has been intensifying his investigation, interviewing witnesses, examining documents, hiring a new prosecutor with expertise in White Collar crimes. But the tax returns are central evidence.

@propublica @hvogell Trump began suing in September 2019, initially arguing, on constitutional grounds, that a sitting president had "temporary absolute immunity," from local investigations. He lost at the District Court, the Second Circuit and the Supreme Court, 7-2.

@propublica @hvogell Then he started again, claiming the subpoena was overly broad. He lost -- rapidly and unequivocally -- at the district and appeals levels. Then his lawyers went to SCOTUS, demanding a stay. This was in October. It took four months for the Supreme Court to deny that.

@propublica @hvogell Vance responded this morning: "The work continues."

@propublica @hvogell Back in December, we did an episode on how the investigation could play out. We spoke to the former Chief of Investigations in Vance's office, Adam Kaufmann…

@propublica @hvogell I'll be going on @BrianLehrer soon to discuss the latest.

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