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Key steps in Trump Organization criminal probe stall as investigators await Supreme Court decision

January 12, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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President Donald Trump walks to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, in Washington. The President is traveling to Texas. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert )

The Manhattan district attorney's criminal investigation into President Donald Trump's business has slowed as investigators wait for a ruling by the US Supreme Court, according to people familiar with the investigation, making it likely that a decision on whether there is a case to bring will be weeks or months away.

(CNN)The Manhattan district attorney's criminal investigation into President Donald Trump's business has slowed as investigators wait for a ruling by the US Supreme Court, according to people familiar with the investigation, making it likely that a decision on whether there is a case to bring will be weeks or months away.

A fight over a subpoena for the President's tax returns has churned through the courts since September 2019, which has handicapped investigators' efforts, people familiar with the investigation say.

Prosecutors, led by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, are investigating whether the Trump Organization violated any state laws, including insurance fraud or tax fraud.

Investigators with the district attorney's office have interviewed individuals, including Michael Cohen, and have subpoenaed the Trump Organization, lender Deutsche Bank and insurance broker Aon for records.

Prosecutors subpoenaed Deutsche Bank, which has loaned Trump more than $300 million, for records in late 2019 and interviewed employees about general underwriting practices after the 2020 election but those employees were not involved in the Trump loans.

Prosecutors have not been in contact with Rosemary Vrablic, Trump's private banker and advocate at Deutsche Bank, people familiar with the investigation said.

Investigators also have not sought interviews with any employees of the Trump Organization, the people say.

Trump's attorneys amended the lawsuit challenging the subpoena on new grounds.

Vance's office agreed to wait to enforce the subpoena to allow Trump's lawyers time to appeal.

This fall, prosecutors subpoenaed records from the Trump Organization concerning fees it has paid to consultants, including Ivanka Trump, the President's daughter, while she was an employee of the firm, people familiar with the matter said.

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