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After more than a year of legal struggle, it is official: the Manhattan District Law Firm has access to former President Donald J. Trump’s multi-year tax returns and other financial records.
The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that it defeated Mr Trump’s extraordinary struggle to encrypt records.
In a statement, Trump rejected the court’s decision and the investigation, which he called “the continuation of the greatest political witch hunt in the history of our country.”
The district attorney’s office now has the huge task of combing terabytes of data as evidence of possible crimes by Mr. Trump’s real estate agency, the Trump Organization.
[Here’s what’s next in the Trump tax investigation.]
Here’s what you need to know.
What it means
Cyrus R. Vance Jr., a Manhattan district attorney, has been conducting an extensive criminal investigation into Mr. Trump’s business for more than two years.
This investigation has long been thwarted by Trump’s legal objections, which have twice reached the Supreme Court.
Now, the many documents obtained from Mr. Trump’s accountants, Mazars USA, provide prosecutors with a more comprehensive picture of the internal financial operation of Mr. Trump’s business and allow them to decide whether to prosecute the former president for crimes.
In his 2016 presidency, Mr Trump said he would issue his tax returns, as every presidential candidate has done for at least 40 years, instead struggling to keep them in cover.
It was not entirely successful. An investigation by the New York Times, which reviewed the former president’s more than two decades of tax returns, found that Mr. Trump had paid little income tax for years and pointed to possible financial irregularities, some of which may be included in Mr. Vance’s investigation.
Prosecutors, investigators, forensic accountants, and an outside consulting firm will begin digging into financial records to get a clear picture of Mr. Trump’s business.
After the Supreme Court issued its order, Mr. Vance issued a narrow statement: “Work continues.”
But Mr. Vance may not see the end of this work in his office. He has made no indication that he intends to launch a re-election intention this year and the investigation could fall on his successor.
New Yorkers clashed with restaurant owners increasingly complex outdoor dining options. [Eater]
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And finally, “Charging Bull” artist, he remembered
Under the guise of the 1989 night, Arturo Di Modica placed a 3.5-ton “Charging Bull” bronze statue opposite the New York Stock Exchange.
Mr. Di Modica did not have permission from the city to install the statue. When he arrived at the statue on Broad Street around 1 p.m. on Dec. 15, he and his friends found that the stock market had placed a huge Christmas tree where he hoped to place the bull.
“He’s throwing the bull under the tree,” he shouted. – This is my gift.
For the Sicilian artist Di Modica, whose death last week was covered by my colleague Clay Risen, the statue sparked optimism about stock market crashes in the late 1980s. Despite the secret installation, Di Modica’s gift lasted.
The bull, which city officials moved to Bowling Green, became a reliable tourist drawing and a sculptural representation of Wall Street. It was also targeted by vandals, including someone who smashed a bull’s horn in 2019 with a metal bandage.
Another art installation, Kristen Visbal’s “Fearless Girl,” stirred Mr. Di Modica when it was placed right in front of “Charging Bull” in 2017.
The bronze girl, who defiantly stared at the “stuffing bull,” “attacked the bull there,” said Mr. Di Modica, who felt Ms. Visbal had changed the original meaning of her work.
The “Fearless Girl” drew honors from celebrities and Mayor Bill de Blasio, among others, and they moved before the exchange in 2018, near the place Mr. Di Modica originally made the bull.
The mayor also wanted to relocate the “Charging Bull” near the exchange, but his efforts failed and the statue is still with Bowling Green.
At the time of his death, Mr. Di Modica was working on another monumental statue: a depiction of a 132-foot horse farm that would one day hold the river near his home in Vittoria, Italy.
“I have to finish this thing,” Mr. Di Modica said. – I’m going to die working.
It’s Tuesday – grab the bull by the horns.
Capital log: running late
It was Monday morning in 1985 and I was late for work late. I barely had time to apply makeup and wash my hair before I cut out the door of my apartment in Cobble Hill.
When I reached the sidewalk, I reached my footsteps. With a Walkman wedged in my pocket and past the music filling my ears, I walked through the six blocks to the subway and happily jumped on Madonna’s “Material Daughter”.
My headphones were still inside when I got on the train. I quickly felt a cheerful wave around me. Someone said something and people started laughing. I didn’t think about it and kept my head low, glued to my music.
When the doors opened at the next station, a woman in a sharp suit ran past me as I stood near the door. He motioned for me to turn off my Walkman.
“He has his curler in,” he said.
– Reni Roxas
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