A New York prosecutor has warned against Trump running down the clock as investigators seek his tax returns [Carlos Barria/Reuters]

A New York prosecutor has urged a judge not to allow US President Donald Trump to run out the clock on a criminal probe that is currently seeking the president’s much-sought-after tax returns. 

Carey Dunne, general counsel for District Attorney Cyrus Vance, spoke at a hearing in federal court in Manhattan to discuss a renewed legal challenge by the president to block or narrow Vance’s ability to see the documents.

Vance has sought the records as part of an investigation into reports that Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen paid pornographic film actress Stormy Daniels $130,000 to buy her silence before the 2016 presidential

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