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Politics Appeals Court Stays Order That Trump Release Tax Returns

06:20  08 october  2019
06:20  08 october  2019 Source:   online.wsj.com

Federal judge blocks California law requiring Trump to release tax returns to appear on ballot

  Federal judge blocks California law requiring Trump to release tax returns to appear on ballot A federal judge in California blocked a state law that requires candidates for president to disclose income tax returns before their names can appear on the state's primary ballot.A federal judge in California blocked a state law that requires candidates for president to disclose income tax returns before their names can appear on the state's primary ballot.

Mr Trump ’s lawyers immediately appealed to the 2nd US circuit court of appeals , and it granted a temporary stay of the judge’s ruling 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”.

A judge ordered President Trump to turn over eight years of tax returns , but the case raises constitutional issues that could end up in the Supreme Court . Mr. Trump ’s lawyers immediately appealed the decision, and an appeals court temporarily blocked the ruling.

A federal judge in New York on Monday ruled President Trump’s accounting firm must turn over eight years of his personal and business tax returns, an order that was immediately put on hold by an appeals court.

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie© Evan Vucci/Associated Press

The 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.”

Mr. Trump’s lawyers filed an emergency appeal minutes after the ruling, leading a judge from the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to put the ruling temporarily on hold “because of the unique issues raised by this appeal.” The appeals court said the hold on enforcement of the subpoena would remain in effect until it hears arguments in the case, which are expected as early as the week of Oct. 21.

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But an appeals court blocked any handover of the records for now. At issue is a request from Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr The president has steadfastly refused to make his tax returns public, breaking from a tradition set by presidents and presidential candidates decades ago.

Trump 's attempt to keep tax returns secret in New York rejected by judge. But an appeals court blocked any handover of the records for now. At issue is a request from Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. that Trump 's accounting firm turn over eight years' worth of his business and

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A Justice Department lawyer on Monday asked the appeals court to give the department sufficient time to weigh in, saying the issues involved were novel and raised weighty constitutional concerns.

Mr. Vance’s office sent the subpoena to Mazars in August as part of its probe into whether hush-money payments by a former Trump lawyer to adult-film actress Stormy Daniels, and how these payments were recorded, violated a state law against falsifying business records.

In his ruling, U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero rejected the idea that a president couldn’t be investigated while in office. “This Court cannot endorse such a categorical and limitless assertion of presidential immunity from judicial process,” wrote Judge Marrero, who was appointed by President Bill .

California to appeal court decision that blocks state law requiring Trump to release tax returns to appear on ballot

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An appeals court has temporarily blocked the release of President Donald Trump 's tax returns to New York state investigators. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan Monday granted the delay requested by Trump 's lawyers until the appeals court could consider the issue expeditiously.

Mr Trump ’s lawyers lodged an appeal to Judge Marrero’s order soon after the details were announced on Monday morning. In a 75-page ruling 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”.

The judge said he recognized that subjecting a president to certain criminal proceedings, such as imprisonment, would interfere with his official duties. But the idea that the president, his business entities, relatives and private activities are immune from any criminal process is too broad, he said.

“This Court finds aspects of such a doctrine repugnant to the nation’s governmental structure and constitutional values,” Judge Marrero wrote.

Responding to the ruling on Twitter, Mr. Trump 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!”

A spokesman for Mr. Vance, a Democrat, declined to comment.

Last week, the Justice Department weighed in on the case, asking the judge to temporarily block enforcement of the subpoena to allow for further consideration of the legal issues. The Justice Department lawyers also said the dispute should remain in federal court, not state court as requested by Mr. Vance’s office.

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President Trump Doesn't Need To Release His Tax Returns — For Now. A federal appeals court has granted President Trump a temporary stay of decision, and he will not have to turn Democrats have long claimed that Trump 's tax returns could reveal whether Trump 's business dealings as a

An appeals court has temporarily blocked the release of President Donald Trump 's tax returns to New York state investigators. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan Monday granted the delay requested by Trump 's lawyers until the appeals court could consider the issue expeditiously.

In a letter to the judge, prosecutors from Mr. Vance’s office said delaying enforcement of the subpoena would likely result in the statute of limitations expiring for state crimes under consideration. They asked Judge Marrero to dismiss the case. “The Plaintiff’s only goal in this litigation, now supported by the DOJ itself, is to obtain as much delay as possible, through litigation, stays, and appeals,” the state prosecutors wrote.

The state probe comes on the heels of a federal investigation into hush-money payments that concluded this summer. Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, who pleaded guilty to charges including violating campaign-finance laws as a result of that investigation, is now in federal prison.

Mr. Vance’s prosecutors have said the tax returns would remain confidential because they are part of a grand-jury proceeding. During a hearing, a lawyer for Mr. Trump said he didn’t think Mr. Vance’s office could make this promise. “We do not know how the district attorney will respond to a subpoena from Congress,” said the lawyer, William Consovoy. “Would those secrecy laws trump that subpoena?”

Several disputes over Mr. Trump’s tax returns are making their way through federal courts. In New York, a federal appeals court is weighing a case in which Mr. Trump sued Deutsche Bank AG and Capital One Financial Corp. to block the banks from complying with congressional subpoenas. In California, a federal judge temporarily suspended a new state law requiring presidential candidates to make their tax returns public in order to appear on the state’s primary-election ballot.

Write to Corinne Ramey at Corinne.Ramey@wsj.com

House Oversight asks court to expedite subpoena order for Trump's finances .
The House Oversight Committee asked a federal appeals court to expedite the enforcement of a subpoena for President Trump's financial records, citing Democrats' ongoing impeachment inquiry. "The Committee is engaged in oversight activity to examine whether federal official-including the President-are making decisions in the country's best interest and not for their own financial gain," the committee's lawyers wrote in a motion filed Wednesday night.

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