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Weekend Reads Federal judge rules Trump must turn over his tax returns to Manhattan DA, but Trump has indicated he will appeal

17:05  07 october  2019
17:05  07 october  2019 Source:   washingtonpost.com

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A federal judge on Monday dismissed President Trump’s lawsuit seeking to block the Manhattan District Attorney from obtaining the president’s tax returns as part of an investigation into hush-money payments during the 2016 campaign.

U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero rejected Trump’s argument that the presidency makes him immune to any investigation by any prosecutor.

In his 75-page ruling, Marrero called such a claim “extraodinary” and wrote that “This Court cannot endorse such a categorical and limitless assertion of presidential immunity from judicial process.”

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US District Judge Victor Marrero rejected a request by US President Donald Trump and ruled that he must turn in eight years of his tax returns to The officials previously requested the documents from Trump 's accounting firm Mazars USA in order to find out whether the Trump Organisation had paid

Donald Trump has been ordered to release his tax returns after a judge ruled that being president did not make him immune from investigation. US district judge Victor Morrero said the claim of immunity was "extraordinary", adding: "This court cannot endorse such a categorical and limitless

The ruling means that District Attorney Cyrus Vance (D) may enforce a subpoena he sent to Trump’s longtime accountants, Mazars USA. Trump had filed an unorthodox lawsuit seeking to stop that subpoena, saying that he would suffer “irreparable harm” if prosecutors obtained his tax returns. The Justice Department also took Trump’s side in the case.

But Trump’s private attorneys had already signaled Friday that he plans to quickly appeal such an order to the New York-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit.

The decision marked a key setback for Trump, who has taken an unorthodox, aggressive approach to fighting off investigations from prosecutors and congressional committees, who have sought his tax returns and financial documents. He has sued the investigators and the companies they had subpoenaed, including Mazars and two of Trump’s banks.

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WASHINGTON — President Trump ’s accounting firm must turn over his financial records to Congress, a Federal District Court judge ruled on Monday, rejecting his legal team’s argument that lawmakers had no legitimate power to subpoena the files.

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Judges have already ruled against Trump twice in other case, but those lawsuits are still tied up in appeals in New York and Washington, and the subpoenas have not been enforced.

Vance is investigating payments made in the last weeks of the 2016 campaign to two women who said they’d had affairs with Trump years earlier. Trump’s former attorney, Michael Cohen, later pleaded guilty to federal campaign-finance violations for arranging those payments, and said he’d been reimbursed by the Trump Organization, which the president still owns. Federal prosecutors later concluded their investigation into those payments without charging anyone beyond Cohen.

Now, Vance’s office is investigating to see if any state laws were violated. Its subpoenas asked for eight years of tax returns from Trump and his businesses, as well as other documents. Vance has said that, at this stage of the investigation, Trump “has not been identified as a defendant, nor is there an assumption he will be.”

David.Fahrenthold@washpost.com

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