Manhattan DA has Trump's tax records, office confirms
The office of New York’s Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus Vance, has confirmed that the prosecutor is indeed in possession of Donald Trump’s relevant tax and financial records.
After a lengthy court battle, the Manhattan DA is in possession of Donald Trump’s tax returns and other financial records as part of a criminal investigation into the former president and his family-run Trump Organization, a spokesman for the office confirmed today.
The New York prosecutor’s office obtained the voluminous records on Monday, the same day the U.S. Supreme Court rejected Trump’s latest attempt to keep his longtime accounting firm, Mazars USA, from turning over the records.
Danny Frost, a spokesman for Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, confirmed the office’s receipt of the documents, which came some 18 months after a subpoena was issued for them.
The records, which include eight years of tax returns, could boost the district attorney*s investigation into the Trump Organization.
A spokesman for Mazars USA did not immediately respond to a request for comment. On Monday, after the Supreme Court ruling, Trump issued a statement calling Vance’s investigation part of “the greatest political Witch Hunt in the history of our country.”
Vance’s investigation initially focused on hush money paid by former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen before the 2016 election to adult-film actor and producer Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal, who have said they had affairs with Trump in the past.
Vance later suggested the probe had broadened and could focus on potential bank, tax and insurance fraud, as well as falsification of business records.
House Democrats yesterday reintroduced policing legislation, named after George Floyd, the Black American man whose killing by police in Minneapolis last May sparked a tidal wave of new civil rights protests across the US and beyond.
Joe Biden has expressed his support for the legislation and will sign if it gets through the Senate and arrives at his desk at the White House.
CNN further reported that:
The bill - titled the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021 - has provisions to overhaul qualified immunity for law enforcement, prohibitions on racial profiling on the part of law enforcement and a ban on no-knock warrants in federal drug cases.
It would also ban chokeholds at the federal level and classify them as a civil rights violation and would establish a national registry of police misconduct maintained by the Department of Justice.
The House could vote on this proposal as soon as next week, congressional aides told CNN.
“This legislation addresses police misconduct and excessive force, while creating greater transparency within law enforcement, and grants victims more direct avenues for redress.
“With this legislation, the federal government demonstrates its commitment to fully reexamining law enforcement practices and building better relationships between law enforcement and the communities they are sworn to protect and serve,” House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said in a statement.
“While the issue of policing can’t be solved by Congress alone, the federal government has a responsibility to address this issue. I look forward to working with my colleagues, across the aisle and in both chambers, to ensure this bill becomes law.”
Incidentally, the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who kneeled on Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes while Floyd begged for his life, goes on trial for murder next month, beginning with jury selection on March 8.
Unclassified intelligence report on Khashoggi killing delayed - report
The release of the report by the US intelligence services into the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018 has been delayed until after Joe Biden speaks with King Salman of Saudi Arabia, according to a new report.
The report had been expected as early as today. and the White House said in its press briefing moments ago that the US president’s phone call with the king should take place “very soon.”
But there is no definitive word on when the two will speak or when the US report will be released or if it has indeed been delayed.
It’s believed that the US intel report will single out Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, for approving Khashoggi’s death.
Here’s more from the Guardian’s Stephanie Kirchgaessner: