Manhattan DA urges judge to dismiss Trump lawsuit fighting tax return subpoena

Axios Politics 2 months ago

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance asked a federal judge in a court filing Monday to reject President Trump's attempts to stop New York prosecutors from subpoenaing his corporate and personal tax returns.

Details: Vance said in the filing addressing Trump's lawsuit filed last Thursday attempting to prevent prosecutors from obtaining 8 years of his tax returns from his longtime accounting firm, Mazars USA that the president was attempting to be covered by a "sweeping immunity" that is not provided by law.

"[Trump] is, in fact, seeking to invent and enforce a new presidential 'tax return privilege,' on the theory that disclosing information in a tax return will necessarily reveal information that will somehow impede the functioning of a president."

Context: The New York Times first reported that Vance's office had subpoenaed the tax returns for its investigation into hush money payments made to Stormy Daniels during the 2016 election.

The big picture: Per Axios' Zachary Basu, the New York case is the third Trump lawsuit designed to block the release of his tax returns.

  • In July, Trump filed a lawsuit against House Democrats and the state of New York over a law that would permit tax officials to turn over his state tax returns.
  • In May, a federal judge in Manhattan declined a request by Trump, his family and company to block Deutsche Bank from complying with a congressional subpoena for his financial records.

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