Vance Hires Forensic Accountants In Escalating Trump Criminal Probe

In 2018, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. opened a criminal investigation regarding Donald Trump’s alleged hush-money payments made to two women who, during Trump’s first presidential campaign, claimed to have had affairs with him years earlier. The probe has since expanded and now has expanded more broadly to include the Trump Organization and its potentially illegal activities.

Now the Manhattan DA’s Office has retained forensic accounting specialists to aid its criminal investigation of Trump and his business operations, as prosecutors also ramp up their scrutiny of his company’s real estate transactions, as well as those of three of his five children.

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At this point in the investigation, the analysts hired by Vance have already reviewed various bank and mortgage records obtained from Trump’s company as part of the ongoing grand jury investigation, and they could be called on to testify about their findings should the district attorney eventually bring criminal charges. Vance has been actively involved in a long-running legal battle to obtain eight years of Trump’s tax records and other financial information from the president’s accounting firm, Mazars USA. Those records are considered the final piece of what legal experts have deemed an already well-developed investigation.

Trump and company officials have repeatedly condemned the district attorney’s investigation, claiming that it is a “witch hunt” that is politically motivated. In July, the Supreme Court rejected Trump’s argument that, as president, he is immune from state court proceedings. Since then, he has argued that the subpoena for his financial information is deficient, amounts to political “harassment” and was issued in “bad faith.” And though lower courts have rejected those arguments as well, the matter is once again before the Supreme Court. Trump has requested a stay, or a suspension of the proceedings, in his fight with Vance. If Trump’s request is denied, the district attorney’s office should get immediate access to his tax records.

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