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The New York prosecution opens the door to try Trump for tax fraud, according to ‘The New York Times’


Trump, this week at a rally in Bemidji.Evan Vucci / AP

The Manhattan attorney general’s office indicated on Monday that it would have sufficient grounds to investigate President Donald Trump and his businesses for tax fraud, the newspaper reported. The New York Times, based on court documents. The office headed by Cyrus Vance, which has been battling for more than two years with the president to obtain his tax returns and certify the transparency of his businesses, assures for the first time in a new document that various information and public testimonies would justify the formation of a Grand Jury to rule on various crimes, including insurance fraud, falsification of financial documents, and tax fraud.

According to the Times, through the documents presented in the Court, “even if the Grand Jury were only proving the certainty of the public allegations, the rest of the information would help to fully justify the scope of forming a grand jury in this case.”

Last year, Vance’s office filed a subpoena seeking to obtain eight years of tax returns from the president. But a federal appeals court earlier this month granted a stay on the order asking to delay making public the taxes paid by Trump. The beginning of this immense soap opera has its germ before the 2016 elections for the payment of two women who claim they had sex with the New York tycoon.

Immunity

As the New York newspaper recounts, Vance, a Democrat, has never revealed the magnitude of the criminal investigation carried out by the prosecution, arguing that he must keep the secrecy imposed by the Grand Jury. According to the president’s lawyers, the investigation should be stopped as it is based on political motives.

Last July, the Supreme Court decided that Trump could not block the financial and tax information that the Manhattan Prosecutor’s Office demanded of him, resolving with the ruling a legal battle that the president has led to the end to not make his accounts public. However, that decision did not mean the return to the lower courts of a parallel demand from Congress, which made it clear that almost certainly no data will be public until after the November elections.

Trump’s lawyers, in the case of the Manhattan District Attorney, put on the table the “immunity” of the president while in office. The constitutional interpretation of the United States Department of Justice establishes that the presidents are not prosecutable and therefore must submit to processes of impeachment or political trials in the Senate, such as the one held over the Ukraine scandal. “No citizen, not even the president, is categorically above the common duty to provide evidence when required in criminal proceedings,” said then John Roberts, president of the Supreme Court.


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