The filing marks the first time the prosecutor has publicly suggested specific criminal charges — including falsifying business records and tax fraud — that could hypothetically apply, should the grand jury find evidence to support them.
District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.’s investigation includes alleged hush-money payments in 2016 to two women who claimed to have had affairs with Trump, as well as a “variety of business transactions,” according to a filing by the office’s general counsel, Carey Dunne. The investigation “is based on information derived from public sources, confidential informants, and the grand jury process,” according to the filing.
Trump’s legal team has argued that Vance is misrepresenting the true scope of the investigation to support the president’s recent challenge to the legality of the subpoena.
Dunne wrote that “in particular,” any false statements made to business partners, would-be lenders, insurers or tax authorities about Trump…