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Politics Trump Ordered to Turn Over 8 Years of Tax Returns to the Manhattan D.A.

16:50  07 october  2019
16:50  07 october  2019 Source:   nytimes.com

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  Trump’s Justice Department Asks Judge to Block Subpoena for His Tax Returns The Justice Department on Wednesday asked a federal judge to temporarily block a subpoena from the Manhattan district attorney that would require President Trump to turn over eight years of his personal and corporate tax returns. Mr. Trump has been fighting off an attempt by the office of the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., to obtain his tax returns as it investigates hush-money payments made to the pornographic film actress Stormy Daniels. After the subpoena was sent in late August, Mr. Trump’s lawyers made a sweeping — and untested — argument that a sitting president cannot be subjected to a criminal investigation, especially by local prosecutors.

A federal judge on Monday rejected a bold argument from President Trump that sitting presidents are immune from criminal investigations, a ruling that allowed the Manhattan district attorney’s office to move forward with a subpoena seeking eight years of the president’s personal and corporate tax

The state prosecutors previously subpoenaed the US president's accounting firm for his personal and corporate tax returns in order to investigate the Stormy Daniels hush-money case.

A federal judge on Monday rejected a bold argument from President Trump that sitting presidents are immune from criminal investigations, allowing the Manhattan district attorney’s office to subpoena eight years of the president’s personal and corporate tax returns.

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: President Trump at a White House event on Friday.© T.J. Kirkpatrick for The New York Times President Trump at a White House event on Friday.

Lawyers for Mr. Trump quickly told the court they would appeal the ruling from Judge Victor Marrero of Manhattan federal court. The president’s lawyers could not immediately be reached for comment.

In a 75-page ruling, Judge Marrero called the president’s argument “repugnant to the nation’s governmental structure and constitutional values.” Presidents, their families and businesses are not above the law, the judge ruled.

New York prosecutors say DOJ trying to shield Trump in tax-returns case

  New York prosecutors say DOJ trying to shield Trump in tax-returns case The Manhattan district attorney’s office pushed back Thursday against the Justice Department’s intervention in its effort to obtain President Donald Trump’s tax returns, saying DOJ only wants to delay the matter. © Evan Vucci/AP Photo President Donald Trump. Further delays in enforcing a state subpoena for the tax returns sought by D.A.

The tax returns and other documents sought from Mazars could shed light on whether any state laws were broken. Such subpoenas also routinely A version of this article appears in print on , Section A, Page 22 of the New York edition with the headline: D . A . Orders 8 Years Of Trump Tax Returns .

Manhattan district attorney is seeking documents as part of investigation into the Trump Organization. Federal judge Victor Marrero this morning rejected Donald Trump ’s challenge to the release of his tax returns for a New York state criminal probe after Trump ’s lawyers alleged being

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The judge’s decision came a little more than a month after the Manhattan district attorney subpoenaed Mr. Trump’s accounting firm, Mazars USA, for his personal and corporate returns dating to 2011. The demand touched off a legal showdown that raised new constitutional questions and drew in the Justice Department, which supported the president’s request to delay enforcement of the subpoena.

The Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., has been investigating whether any New York State laws were broken when Mr. Trump and his company reimbursed the president’s former lawyer and fixer, Michael D. Cohen, for payments he made in the run-up to the 2016 election to the pornographic film actress Stormy Daniels, who had said she had an affair with Mr. Trump.

Treasury Inspector General to Review Handling of Trump’s Taxes

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Donald Trump has been ordered to release his tax returns after a judge ruled that being president did not make him immune from investigation. Mr Trump has steadfastly refused to release the documents, bucking a tradition going back to Richard Nixon that presidents make their tax returns

New York County District Attorney Cyrus Vance's office has subpoenaed eight years of President Donald Trump 's tax returns from Mazars USA, the longtime accounting firm to Trump and the Trump Organization, as part of its investigation into hush money payments

Mr. Trump has denied having an affair with Ms. Daniels.

Mr. Trump’s lawyers sued last month to block the subpoena, arguing that the Constitution effectively makes sitting presidents immune from all criminal inquiries until they leave the White House. The lawyers acknowledged that their argument had not been tested in courts, but said the release of the president’s tax returns would cause him “irreparable harm.”

Mr. Vance’s office asked Judge Marrero to dismiss Mr. Trump’s suit, saying a grand jury had a right to “pursue its investigation free from interference and litigious delay” and rejecting his claim to blanket immunity. The judge was appointed by President Bill Clinton.

Mr. Trump’s lawyers have called the investigation by Mr. Vance, a Democrat, politically motivated. Mr. Vance has accused the president and his team of trying to run out the clock on the investigation.

Appeals Court Stays Order That Trump Release Tax Returns

  Appeals Court Stays Order That Trump Release Tax Returns A federal judge in New York ruled President Trump’s accounting firm must turn over eight years of his personal and business tax returns, an order immediately put on hold by an appeals court. © Evan Vucci/Associated PressThe decision came in a lawsuit filed by Mr. Trump against Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. and Mazars USA LLP, his longtime accounting firm. Mr. Trump sought to block a subpoena for his tax returns that state prosecutors sent to the accounting firm, saying it was unconstitutional to subject a sitting president to what he called the “criminal process.

Rachel Maddow reports on a subpoena issued by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance seeking 8 months of Donald Trump 's tax returns as part of the investigation into hush-money payments made in advance of the 2016 election.

The Manhattan District Attorney's Office has sent President Donald Trump 's accounting firm a grand jury subpoena demanding eight years of Trump 's personal and corporate income tax returns as part of an ongoing investigation. The subpoena was sent last month to the firm Mazars USA by DA Cyrus

Last week, lawyers with Mr. Trump’s Justice Department jumped into the fray, asking the judge to temporarily block the subpoena while the court takes time to consider the “significant constitutional issues” in the case.

The Justice Department, led by Attorney General William P. Barr, did not say whether it agreed with Mr. Trump’s position that presidents cannot be investigated. But, citing the constitutional questions, the department said it wanted to provide its views.

The Constitution does not explicitly say whether presidents can be charged with a crime while in office, and the Supreme Court has not answered the question.

Federal prosecutors are barred from charging a sitting president with a crime because the Justice Department has decided that presidents have temporary immunity while they are in office.

But in the past, that position has not precluded investigating a president. Presidents, including Mr. Trump, have been subjects of federal criminal investigations while in office. Local prosecutors, such as Mr. Vance, are also not bound by the Justice Department’s position.

As part of a temporary deal reached last month, Mr. Vance’s office agreed not to enforce the subpoena until two days after Judge Marrero issued a ruling, which would give Mr. Trump a chance to appeal if he lost. But that agreement was to expire at 1 p.m. on Monday.

Writing to the judge late on Friday, William S. Consovoy, a lawyer for Mr. Trump, all but demanded that the judge rule early on Monday in order that there be time to appeal before the afternoon deadline.

“After 9 a.m.,” Mr. Trump’s lawyer wrote, “the president will not have enough time to seek relief from the Second Circuit before Mazars discloses his confidential information.”

Mr. Consovoy said that if no ruling came by 9 a.m. on Monday, the president would interpret the judge’s inaction as a denial of his request to block the subpoena, and he would appeal without waiting for a court decision.

Prosecutors flag that DOJ is not in sync with Trump on tax returns claim .
Prosecutors flag that DOJ is not in sync with Trump on tax returns claimManhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. highlighted the disagreement Tuesday in a brief filed with a federal appeals court considering a suit Trump filed to block a grand jury subpoena issued to one of his accounting firms, Mazars USA.

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