NY Tax Department Subpoenas Cohen for Trump Foundation Documents

NY Tax Department Subpoenas Cohen for Trump Foundation Documents

The New York State Department of Tax and Finance has issued a subpoena to Michael D. Cohen, President Donald J. Trump's former lawyer and fixer, for documents related to the Donald J. Trump Foundation, the New York Times reports.

The subpoena seeks documents related to both personal and business tax filings connected to the foundation and may include general ledgers, bank statements, invoices, and contracts, according to two senior officials in New York governor Andrew Cuomo's administration. The subpoena was issued the day after Cohen pleaded guilty in Federal District Court in Manhattan to a variety of charges, including campaign finance violations, in the form of payments to two women who said they'd had affairs with Trump, for the "purpose of influencing the election."

The officials told the Times the subpoena stemmed from remarks that Lanny J. Davis, one of Cohen's lawyers, made on NBC News and CNN that he believed Cohen "has information about Mr. Trump that would be of interest both in Washington as well as New York State." In June, the Office of the New York State Attorney General filed a lawsuit against the Trump Foundation and its directors —  Trump and three of his adult children — after a two-year investigation by the office found that "Trump used charitable assets to pay off the legal obligations of entities he controlled, to promote Trump hotels, to purchase personal items, and to support his presidential election campaign."

Beyond the civil charges, the New York attorney general's office has not announced a criminal investigation into the foundation, saying it would seek a criminal referral from a state agency at the appropriate time. But with its review of the Trump Foundation still active, the office is coordinating with the Tax Department's inquiry, an official familiar with the investigation told the Times.