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Supreme Court Paves Way For N.Y. Grand Jury To Get Trump Financial Records

President Trump speaks to at the White House on Sept. 21, 2020. The Supreme Court in a one-sentence unsigned order, declined his request to further delay the enforcement of a subpoena from the Manhattan district attorney for Trump's financial records.
President Trump speaks to at the White House on Sept. 21, 2020. The Supreme Court in a one-sentence unsigned order, declined his request to further delay the enforcement of a subpoena from the Manhattan district attorney for Trump's financial records.

The U.S. Supreme Court, in a one-sentence unsigned order, declined former President Trump's request to further delay the enforcement of a subpoena from the Manhattan district attorney for Trump's financial records. Monday's order paves the way for a New York grand jury to obtain the records and review them.

The case is from November when Trump's private lawyers asked the high court to block New York County District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.'s efforts to get eight years of Trump's tax records. A New York grand jury issued a subpoena directed not to the president personally, but to an accounting firm that has long dealt with his personal finances, Mazars USA.

Trump's lawyers had argued that a president is immune from investigation while in office. But that argument was dismissed by a federal judge and a panel of the Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit. Now that Trump is no longer in office, the New York grand jury can obtain the records.

Vance is investigating alleged hush-money payments made to two women during the 2016 presidential campaign. Adult film actress Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal both said they had affairs with Trump — allegations the president has denied. The New York prosecutor says the president's tax records could shed light on whether Trump or his employees falsified business records to hide the alleged payments.

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