American News Feb 22, 2021 4:17 PM EST

Supreme Court clears path to subpoena Trump's tax returns

The subpoena for Trump's tax returns stems from payments made by Michael Cohen, Trump's former disgraced attorney, to pornographic actress Stormy Daniels

Supreme Court clears path to subpoena Trump's tax returns
Noah David Alter Toronto
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The Supreme Court rejected an argument from former President Donald Trump's lawyer on Monday seeking to prevent Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance from carrying out a subpoena to obtain the former President's tax returns, Axios reports.

The subpoena for Trump's tax returns stems from payments made by Michael Cohen, Trump's former disgraced attorney, to pornographic actress Stormy Daniels, who claims to have had an affair with Trump in 2006.

The investigation has since widened in scope, with prosecutors now investigation potential tax fraud.

The Supreme Court ruling is the second blow dealt to Trump by the high court in the case. Trump's lawyers had previously argued that Trump had immunity from prosecution while serving as President, a claim which was rejected by the Supreme Court. The latest ruling regarded Trump's lawyers' claim that the investigation constitutes political harassment and covers an overly broad scope, which the Supreme Court has now rejected as well.

Cyrus Vance made a celebratory tweet shortly after the ruling, writing simply that "[the] work continues."

Trump has denied any wrongdoing in regard to his tax filings and financial behaviour, and none of the claims against him have been proven in a court of law.

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