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Politics Trump Taxes: Justice Dept. Asks Judges to Block Subpoena

01:30  12 october  2019
01:30  12 october  2019 Source:   nytimes.com

Trump’s Justice Department Asks Judge to Block Subpoena for His Tax Returns

  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.

The Justice Department asked a federal appeals court on Friday to stop the release of President Trump ’s tax returns to the Manhattan district attorney’s office, arguing that local prosecutors should have to meet a very high legal bar before investigating a sitting president.

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

The Justice Department asked a federal appeals court on Friday to stop the release of President Trump’s tax returns to the Manhattan district attorney’s office, arguing that local prosecutors should have to meet a very high legal bar before investigating a sitting president.

a man standing in front of a laptop: President Trump has sued to block a subpoena issued by the Manhattan district attorney’s office for eight years of his tax returns.© Doug Mills/The New York Times President Trump has sued to block a subpoena issued by the Manhattan district attorney’s office for eight years of his tax returns.

The filing meant Mr. Trump’s own Justice Department was lending support to his attempt to block a subpoena issued to his accounting firm for eight years of his personal and corporate tax returns. The district attorney’s office issued the subpoena in late August as part of an investigation into hush-money payments made in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election.

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.

Officials from the US Department of Justice and Manhattan US attorney's office asked a federal judge Wednesday to temporarily block a subpoena by the Manhattan District Attorney's Office for eight years of President Donald Trump 's tax returns to allow time for "appropriate briefing of the weighty

Officials from the US Department of Justice and Manhattan US attorney's office asked a federal judge Wednesday to temporarily block a subpoena by the The Department of Justice hadn't participated in the lawsuit prior to Wednesday's filing. Trump sued the Manhattan District Attorney's Office after it

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But in its filing, the Justice Department, which is led by Attorney General William P. Barr, stopped short of endorsing Mr. Trump’s most sweeping argument: that sitting presidents are totally immune from all criminal investigations.

On Monday, Judge Victor Marrero of United States District Court in Manhattan rejected Mr. Trump’s effort to shield his tax returns from the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr. Mr. Trump had argued that the Constitution prevented sitting presidents from being subject to criminal investigations, especially from a local prosecutor, such as Mr. Vance.

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

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

Officials from the US Department of Justice and Manhattan US attorney's office asked a federal judge Wednesday to temporarily block a subpoena by the WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 02: U.S. President Donald Trump rails against journalists asking questions about an impeachment inquiry.

A new Justice Department memo backed Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s refusal to release President Trump ’s tax returns to Congress.CreditCreditMark Wilson/Getty Two Federal District Court judges last month rejected that argument, refusing to block congressional subpoenas to such firms.

Judge Marrero called the position “repugnant to the nation’s governmental structure and constitutional values.”

Before filing the brief on Friday, the Justice Department had not weighed in with its view about the merits of Mr. Trump’s lawsuit, which makes an argument that is not addressed in the Constitution and has not been tested in the courts.

But after Mr. Trump appealed Judge Marrero’s ruling, the department wrote to the appeals court, saying the president’s lawsuit raised “a number of significant constitutional issues that potentially implicate the interests of the United States.”

The dispute arose after Mr. Vance’s office subpoenaed Mr. Trump’s accounting firm, Mazars USA, in late August, seeking his personal and corporate tax returns dating to 2011.

Mr. Vance’s office has been examining whether any New York State laws were broken when Mr. Trump and his company, the Trump Organization, reimbursed the president’s former lawyer and fixer, Michael D. Cohen, for payments he made to the pornographic film actress Stormy Daniels, who had said she had an affair with Mr. Trump. He has denied the relationship.

Democrats subpoena Sondland for testimony, documents

  Democrats subpoena Sondland for testimony, documents House Democrats issued a subpoena Tuesday evening for Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, to testify and produce documents in their impeachment inquiry into President Trump. The subpoena, which mandates that Sondland appear before Congress for a deposition on Oct. 16 and provide documents by Oct. 14, comes after the State Department barred his testimony."In light of Secretary Pompeo's direct intervention to block your appearance before our Committees, we are left with no choice but to compel your appearance at a deposition pursuant to the enclosed subpoena," Reps. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) and Elijah Cummings (D-Md.

President Trump is seeking to block the Manhattan District Attorney from obtaining eight years of his personal and corporate tax returns. In trying to block the district attorney’s subpoena , Mr. Trump ’s lawyers had argued that a sitting president cannot be “investigated, indicted or otherwise subjected to

Officials from the US Department of Justice and Manhattan US attorney's office asked a federal judge Wednesday to temporarily block a subpoena by the WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 02: U.S. President Donald Trump rails against journalists asking questions about an impeachment inquiry.

Mr. Trump filed suit in Federal District Court in Manhattan, seeking to block the subpoena. His lawyers argued that enforcement of the subpoena was a politically motivated action by Mr. Vance’s office and that its enforcement would cause the president irreparable harm.

“Criminal investigations impose severe burdens on the president and distract him from his constitutional duties,” the president’s lawyers wrote.

Mr. Vance’s office, rejecting the president’s arguments, had claimed that Mr. Trump was trying to “invent and enforce a new presidential ‘tax return privilege.’”

Mr. Vance’s office is scheduled to file its appeals brief on Tuesday, and the court has said it will hear arguments on the matter on Oct. 23.

Mr. Trump has challenged attempts by Congress to obtain his tax returns. On Friday, a separate federal appeals court panel in Washington ruled that the House Oversight Committee can subpoena Mazars for eight years of the president’s financial records.

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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