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Trump Org. turned over 3,400 pages to Manhattan DA Cy Vance — then he asked for tax records


The Trump Organization turned over 3,376 pages in connection with Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance’s investigation of hush money payments to women who claim to have had affairs with President Trump — but when the prosecutor demanded tax records, the cooperation came to a halt.

The new details about the fight over Trump’s tax returns emerged in filings by Vance’s office ahead of a Wednesday hearing. Trump Organization received the subpoena for records relating to the payments to porn star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal on Aug. 1.

The subpoena “called for a range of records and communications from multiple individuals and entities relating to the so-called ‘hush money’ payments to Stephanie Clifford (Stormy Daniels) and Karen McDougal, how those payments were reflected in the Trump Organization’s books and records, and who was involved in determining how those payments would be reflected in the Trump Organization’s books and records,” Assistant District Attorney Solomon Shinerock wrote.

A month later, attorneys for the company said that a demand for tax records “implicated constitutional issues” and refused to turn over tax documents from 2017, according to Shinerock.

Meanwhile, Vance slapped the President’s accounting firm, Mazars USA, with a subpoena for eight years of Trump’s tax returns. Vance’s office did not explain how those records are relevant to the investigation. Two pages detailing the probe were redacted.

Trump sued Vance last week — on the same day Mazars faced a deadline to turn over the tax returns. Vance’s office responded in the new letter that Trump was making the “remarkable proposition” that he is not only entitled immunity as president from any criminal investigation, but that he also does not have to comply with a grand jury request for documents relating to his time before taking office.

“The law provides no such sweeping immunity,” Shinerock wrote.

Trump has argued he will suffer “irreparable harm” if Mazars turns over the tax returns. His attorneys have called the investigation a “bad faith effort to harass the President.”

“This claim of irreparable harm is undone by the fact that every President since Jimmy Carter has voluntarily released his tax returns before or upon taking office, which has to date never impeded a President’s ability to serve. Again, there is no ‘immunity from scrutiny’ of this sort in the law,” Shinerock wrote.