Prosecutors obtained the records Monday, just hours after the US Supreme Court denied Trump’s latest effort to keep the records private, a district attorney spokesman said.
The millions of pages of documents, sources say, contain Trump’s tax returns spanning January 2011 through August 2019, as well as financial statements, compromise agreements, documents related to the preparation and review of tax returns, and working documents and communications related to tax returns.
Although the documents released by Trump’s former accounting firm, Mazars, will not be released to the public because they are subject to grand jury rules of secrecy, their delivery culminates an extraordinary 17-month search by the former president and his attorneys to prevent investigators from obtaining the records.
With the records now in hand, Vance and his fellow prosecutors will be able to delve into investigative theories, seek interviews with key witnesses, and determine whether they believe any state laws have been violated.
“Our office obtained the records on Monday,” said Vance spokesman Danny Frost.
A Mazars spokesman did not respond to a request for comment.
The records can be critical to the investigation because they are likely to contain documents that reflect the decision-making behind tax assessments and write-offs, which can be important in determining whether there was an intent to commit a crime. Investigators have wanted to review the documents before calling key witnesses to the grand jury, people familiar with the investigation said.
In addition to the Mazars records, Vance’s office has been searching a host of other documents. They cited records and interviewed employees at Deutsche Bank, one of Trump’s creditors, about loans made to him and insurance broker Aon, according to multiple sources familiar with the investigation. Deutsche Bank has loaned Trump more than $ 300 million.
Prosecutors have also cited Ladder Capital, which has loaned the Trump Organization more than $ 100 million, and the Trump Organization for records related to fees paid to consultants, including Ivanka Trump, these people said.
This has been updated with a statement from Vance’s office.