Among the reports used an example is a Washington Post story that looked into claims Trump routinely sent out financial statements to potential business partners and banks inflating the worth of his properties. They said that the subpoena "amounts to harassment of the President in violation of his legal rights, including those held under Article II of the Constitution".
They said their inquiry extends beyond purported hush money payments made to adult film star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal in the lead-up to the 2016 election.
They said: "These reports describe transactions involving individual and corporate actors based in New York County, but whose conduct at times extended beyond New York's borders. This possible criminal activity occurred within the applicable statutes of limitations, particularly if the transactions involved a continuing pattern of conduct", Vance's lawyers said. Trump has denied any wrongdoing in connection with the two women. And in the filings, Vance's office argues that Trump should have to comply with subpoenas that demanded eight years of the president's financial and tax documents.
"Although the Office bears no affirmative burden to justify the breadth of the Mazars Subpoena, and although Plaintiff is not entitled to know the scope and nature of the grand jury investigation, publicly available information itself establishes a satisfactory predicate for the Mazars Subpoena", Vance argued.
A week ago, Trump made his latest bid to quash Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance's subpoena for his tax returns, after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the president was not immune from state criminal probes. However, the top court left the door open for the president to seek recourse, suggesting that Trump could still challenge the subpoena on other grounds.
A NY grand jury first issued the subpoena to Trump's longtime accountant Mazars USA LLP in August 2019. Trump had been arguing that executive privilege sheltered him from Vance's inquiries.
Trump's lawyers did not immediately respond to a request for comment by The Epoch Times.