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A criminal investigation into the financial affairs of former US President Donald Trump and his family business gained momentum this week.

On Monday the Supreme Court ordered Mr Trump to hand over his tax returns and other financial records to prosecutors in New York.

The ruling was a setback for Mr Trump, who had sought to prevent prosecutors from seeing his records for months.

The records are considered to be central to the criminal investigation.

They could be “a pretty important piece of the puzzle”, Daniel R Alonso, a former US federal and New York state prosecutor,

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