USA federal judge says Trump must produce tax returns

USA federal judge says Trump must produce tax returns

USA federal judge says Trump must produce tax returns

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in NY granted the motion due to "the unique issues raised by this appeal", which had been filed by Trump's lawyers in the morning seeking an answer by 1 p.m.

Vance Jr.'s office issued a subpoena for the tax returns last week as part of an investigation into former Trump attorney Michael D. Cohen's hush-money payment to pornographer Stormy Daniels.

Trump's attorneys are expected to appeal Judge Victor Marrero's ruling.

There was a big win today for President Trump and the Constitution in the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals. ".pacer.appeal.10.order.temp.stay.pdf" target="_blank">temporary stay of the subpoena.

He wrote, "The Radical Left Democrats have failed on all fronts, so now they are pushing local New York City and State Democrat prosecutors to go get President Trump". "A thing like this has never happened to any President before. Not even close!" Trump tweeted.

Jay Sekulow, a lawyer for Trump, said he was pleased the subpoena would not be enforced immediately.

Vance, a Democrat, is investigating payments made to buy the silence of Daniels and model Karen McDougal, both of whom claimed to have had affairs with the president. While federal prosecutors have "effectively concluded" their investigation into the hush-money payment, Vance's office is exploring whether the reimbursements also violated any NY laws.

Cohen is serving a three-year prison sentence.

About a month ago, the Manhattan district attorney's office sent a grand jury subpoena to Trump's accounting firm, Mazars USA, to obtain his personal and corporate tax returns for the past eight years. Danny Frost, a spokesman for Vance, declined to comment.

In his opinion, Marrero allowed that some aspects of the criminal process could impede a President's ability to perform his duties.

Grand jury proceedings and records in NY are secret.

Recognizing that an appellate court may take issue with this decision, Marrero sought to explain at length why he was rejecting Trump's immunity claim and denying the request for an injunction against the subpoena.

Judge Marrero blasted the sweeping arguments put forward by Trump's personal attorneys that as a sitting president, Trump should not have to face the same investigatory tactics as ordinary citizens.

"The notion that the President would be subject to criminal process while he is challenging the constitutionality of that very process is self-refuting", wrote Trump attorney Patrick Strawbridge.

Against convention, Trump has not released his tax returns since declaring a run for the White House in mid-2015. Justice Department policy has always been that sitting presidents can not be charged criminally. His assertion that claims of presidential immunity are "unqualified and boundless" will be interesting to evaluate on appeal.

In seeking a stay, Trump's lawyers said the case raised "momentous" questions about the president's immunity and that complying with the subpoena would cause irreversible damage.

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