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N. Y. prosecutor: Trump financial probe not limited to ’hush money’

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Bank and insurance fraud are also a focus of the drive to obtain the president’s tax and business records, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance says.
A Manhattan prosecutor’s investigation into President Donald Trump’s finances goes beyond ‘hush money’ payments during the 2016 campaign and includes allegations of bank and insurance fraud, according to a court filing Monday.
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. emphasized the broad scope of the grand jury investigation as he battles to get access to eight years of financial records related to Trump and his business empire.
A grand jury subpoenaed that information last fall, but Trump filed a federal lawsuit to block the subpoena and unsuccessfully pressed the challenge all the way to the U. S. Supreme Court.
Last month, the justices unanimously rejected Trump’s bold claim that — for as long as he serves as president — records about him are absolutely immune from demands by state or local prosecutors.
However, the Supreme Court said Trump can challenge the subpoena on other grounds. His attorneys did so last week, arguing that the subpoena to Trump’s accounting firm Mazars sweeps too broadly.

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