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The investigation into President Donald Trump’s tax returns goes beyond mere fraudulent payments of hush money, but also searches for “extensive and protracted criminal behavior by the Trump organization,” including insurance and banking fraud. This is evident from documents filed by the New York Public Prosecutor on Monday.


Prosecutor Cyrus Vance filed with the court on Monday to extend his investigation of Trump’s tax returns over the past eight years into “potential criminal behavior.” The original investigation involved payments of hush money from Michael Cohen, a former Trump attorney, to porn actress Stormy Daniels and model Karen McDougal, both of whom claim to have had affairs with Trump.

But according to Vance, there are indications of more crimes by the Trump organization, such as “unorthodox strategies” to expand Trump’s real estate empire, and dubious claims to boost his financial value, such as the fact that Trump Tower is 68 stories high (in reality there are only 58).

Trump’s lawyers call the requested extension of the investigation “too broad,” the president himself dismissed the investigation Monday at a news conference as “a political witch-hunt by the Democrats.” Trump has been trying to investigate his tax returns in all possible ways for some time now. However, the Supreme Court ruled last month that the president is not immune from prosecution, even when in office.

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