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"The state and city level in New York. In addition to that, we know that prosecutors in the southern district have been following up on the things that Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to last summer which had to do with tax fraud as well or the president's former lawyer. Yeah. Correct. And then in addition to that, the new York Attorney General is looking at the Trump foundation in one of the things that we've already learned from her investigation is that the walls between the foundation and the Trump organization where thin to nonexistent. So it's possible that there might be more to learn there. Now, a top of all of that. There's the House Democrats who've said they want to see the president's current tax returns. If they take control over the house, they could demand to see them. So a lot swirling here. But I mean when we reported on on the president's tax practices in the past. I mean, we will people have said, look there's this. There's there's tax avoidance in a legal way. And then there's illegal tax evasion. And that it's often murky what's actually happening. So I mean is it possible that there might be no legal fallout here for the president? It is possible that there might be no legal fallout. And of course, he and his lawyers are maintaining that he's done nothing wrong. And that this was all looked at in some cases, decades ago and cleared. There are a number of things that are extremely puzzling. And one of the situations that the New York Times pointed out was a company called all county. Building and maintenance, which was basically a company that did nothing other than Mark up prices of things like boilers and air conditioners and stoves for Trump apartments, and then give the markup to Donald Trump and his siblings with no apparent tax consequences. There was also something that the Trump seemed to have done frequently and we know from our reporting on Trump Inc. The podcast that they're still doing today, which is when it is in their interest to puff up a value of a property. They'll say, oh, this is the biggest the best they do. So it sounds like the president. Right. But they're in disputes with tax authorities around the country right now, for example, claiming some of their golf courses are are really worth very little in an effort to get lower taxes. So some of the techniques described in the article, we know are continuing through through today. All right. So a lot of threads a lot of investigations to follow here. But one question is whether those tax. Returns ever actually be made public. And what happens is election could say a lot about that. Andrea Bernstein is the co host of Trump Inc. The podcast. Thanks so much. Andrew. Thank you. So since President Trump nominated judge Brad Kavanagh to the supreme court back in July, advocacy, groups have spent a whole lot of money nearly ten million dollars on these warring TV ads for and against him. Now the attacks and this spending are fiercer than ever here's NPR's Peter Overby, the sharpest attacks so far may come from the American Civil Liberties union which opposes Cavanaugh. The ACLU rolled out the ad this week with a million dollar by enforce states."