The revelation that President Donald J. Trump and his businesses are the targets of a criminal investigation, and of an impaneled grand jury by Manhattan DA Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. has been announced.
The mystery surrounding the grand jury impaneled by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. has been made dramatically more evident. In response to a motion to dismiss the Manhattan DA’s grand jury subpoena for Trump’s personal and corporate tax records, Cyrus Vance Jr. told a federal judge Monday that the request for the records subpoenaed was justified because of public reports…
“Extensive and protracted criminal conduct at the Trump Organization.”
Bottom line President Trump and Trump International are both targets of a grand jury and could be indicted and face trial. Trump’s lawyers last month said the grand jury subpoena for the tax returns was issued in bad faith, amounted to harassment of the President, and is an unwarranted fishing exposition.
Cyrus Vance, Jr. is seeking eight years of the Republican President’s personal and corporate tax records. Still, he has disclosed little about what prompted him to request the records, other than part of the investigation is related to payoffs made to women to keep them quiet about alleged affairs with Trump.
Trump is widely believed to be “Individual #1” in his past personal lawyer Michael Cohen’s elocution delivered in open court at his sentencing for a myriad of crimes.
In the filing made by Vance authority, Trump’s arguments that the subpoena was too broad stemmed from “the false premise” that the probe was limited to so-called “hush-money” payments paid by Michael Cohen allegedly on behave of Donald Trump to keep his sexual affairs secret as he prepared to run for President in 2015.
Vance’s legal argument reads...
“This Court is already aware that this assertion is fatally undermined by undisputed information in the public record.”
The public reporting demonstrates that at the time the subpoena was issued that “there were public allegations of possible criminal activity at Plaintiff’s New York County-based Trump Organization dating back over a decade.”
“These reports describe transactions involving individual and corporate actors based in New York County, but whose conduct at times extended beyond New York’s borders. This possible criminal activity occurred within the applicable statutes of limitations, particularly if the transactions involved a continuing pattern of conduct,” according to Vance’s argument.
Vance and his lawyers urged Judge Victor Marrero to swiftly reject Trump’s arguments, saying the baseless claims were threatening the investigation. Marrero, who ruled against Trump last year, has scheduled arguments to be fully submitted by mid-August. Vance and his lawyers pointed out …
“Every day that goes by is another day Plaintiff effectively achieves the ‘temporary absolute immunity’ that was rejected by this court, the Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court.”
“Every such day also increases the prospect of a loss of evidence or the expiration of limitations periods — the precise concerns that the Supreme Court observed justified its rejection of Plaintiff’s immunity claim in the first place.”
The Supreme Court just a few weeks ago rejected claims by Trump’s lawyers that the President could not be criminally investigated. At the same time, he was in office in a decision that made it impossible for Trump to eventually hand over his tax records to the grand jury probe.
Sending Michael Cohen to keep the porn actress Stormy Daniels and model Karen McDougal from airing claims of extramarital affairs with Trump appears to be finally boomeranging on the President.
Cohen said he plans to publish a book critical of the President before the November election.
If the court grants Cyrus Vance Jr.'s request for a summary decision, Trump can appeal to the 2nd Circuit but may find they are unwilling to hear his appeal.