Trump loses another court battle over tax returns, likely sending it to the Supreme Court

The Week 1 month ago

President Trump wants to take his tax battle all the way up.

On Monday, Trump lost another court fight to withhold his tax returns from prosecutors, with a federal court of appeals ruling his accounting firm must give Manhattan prosecutors eight years of his personal and business tax returns. But Trump's lawyer still isn't letting that stand, and said shortly after the ruling that he plans on appealing the decision to the Supreme Court.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance subpoenaed Trump's tax returns from his accountant to investigate hush money payments to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal. Trump sued in return, with his lawsuit claiming Trump is "not 'subject to the criminal process' while he is in office." The lawsuit also suggests that if anyone wants to investigate Trump, it should be Congress, and through impeachment, per The New York Times. Trump's lawyer Jay Sekulow countered Monday's ruling as well, saying he would appeal the panel's decision and that it would be "taken to the Supreme Court."

New York state lawmakers are similarly seeking to reveal Trump's state tax returns. The state passed a law saying state tax officials can release certain federal officials' tax returns to Congress' financial committees if they're asked for. Trump has since tried to challenge the law, but a judge has so far ruled he has to do so in a New York court.

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