Today’s Supreme Court ruling means the grand jury’s investigation into alleged hush money payments and other issues will no longer be hampered by former President Trump’s struggle to keep the documents secret.
However, the documents are subject to the grand jury’s confidentiality rules, which restrict their publication.
The subpoenas include documents from January 2011 to August 2019, including Trump’s tax returns, from his longtime accounting firm Mazars. The documents relate to the Trump Organization’s hiring of Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen and the hush money payment Cohen allegedly made to two women who claimed to have had extramarital relations with Trump.
Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance’s office is investigating whether the Trump Organization has violated state laws and is investigating the legality of any tax deductions, including any conservation measures and advisory fees that the company has collected, as well as what the Trump Organization has collected Lenders and tax authorities about the value of his property.
Vance’s investigation began its investigation in earnest in August 2019, initially examining the hush money payments Cohen enabled to silence two women who claimed they were having affairs with Trump. The former president has denied the matter.
According to Vance’s office, the records are vital to the investigation, including due to the statute of limitations on the potential crimes being investigated.