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Donald Trump prosecutors ‘have “holy grail” in their hunt for ex-president’s “crimes”’

Donald Trump’s former fixer Michael Cohen said Wednesday that the former president’s tax returns would provide a ‘holy grail’ of evidence for prosecutors (Picture: AP)

Prosecutors probing Donald Trump now have the ‘holy grail’ of evidence of potential criminal behavior by the ex-president, his disgraced former aide claimed. Trump’s former fixer Michael Cohen implied Wednesday that the former president’s tax returns should yield sufficient material against Trump to bring charges.

He made the remark while en route to his seventh interview with Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, who is leading the Trump investigation. Trump denies all claims of wrongdoing, and claims the investigation into his finances is a politically-motivated ‘witch-hunt’ against him.

Vance has his hands on Trump’s tax records after the US Supreme Court refused an 11th hour appeal by the former president to keep them private. They include business records from the Trump Organization, as well as communications between the Trumps and their accountants Mazars.

New York prosecutors said last August that they are probing ‘possibly extensive and protracted criminal conduct’ by Trump and his business associates. But Vance has kept extremely-tight lipped since, with he and his team now having to comb millions of pages of records to try and find evidence of wrongdoing.

File photo of Michael Cohen

Trump has repeatedly dismissed Michael Cohen, pictured, as a liar, and pointed to Cohen’s 2018 convictions for lying and tax evasion as evidence of his untrustworthiness (Picture: Reuters)

Vance opened the probe in 2018 to examine alleged hush-money payments to two porn stars who claim he cheated with them behind third wife Melania’s back. Trump denies their claims of infidelity.

The ex-president is now being investigated to see whether he inflated the value of his assets to obtain more favorable terms on loans. He is also being probed for possible tax evasion, but insists his finances are all above board, and merely the product of skilled accounting.

Cohen organized the hush money payments to adult stars Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal which are being probed, and said he acted at the behest of Trump.

He was sentenced to three years jail in 2018 for tax evasion, campaign finance violations and lying to the Senate.

Trump has highlighted Cohen’s admission of his lying in court as evidence that his allegations cannot be trusted.

Cohen is serving the remainder of his sentence under home confinement at his Manhattan home.

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