Trump describes Manhattan district attorney action as part of 'witch hunt'

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., August 3, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday wrote off as part of a witch hunt against him a filing by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance earlier in the day raising the scope of an investigation into the Trump Organization.

Vance on Monday suggested a grand jury subpoena for U.S. Trump’s tax returns was part of an investigation of “possibly extensive and protracted criminal conduct at the Trump Organization,” including alleged insurance and bank fraud.

Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by Sandra Maler