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Politics Manhattan DA asks Supreme Court to let them enforce subpoena for Trump tax returns

01:40  22 november  2019
01:40  22 november  2019 Source:   thehill.com

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A Trump court filing said the president is entitled to know why Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr. wants the records. The update came a week after the Supreme Court ruled that Trump does not have immunity from subpoenas issued by a state grand jury investigating possible crimes.

The Manhattan district attorney's office asked the Supreme Court to reject President Trump 's effort to shield his tax returns from a grand jury subpoena , in a case where the president's lawyers have argued that he is immune to any criminal investi.

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Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: Manhattan DA asks Supreme Court to let them enforce subpoena for Trump tax returns© Getty Images Manhattan DA asks Supreme Court to let them enforce subpoena for Trump tax returns

A federal appeals court had ruled that Trump's accounting firm must hand over eight years of tax returns and other financial records and the president last week appealed that decision.

The district attorney's office argued in a brief filed Thursday that the appellate ruling was narrowly focused to the facts of the case and does not merit a review from the nation's highest court.

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Supreme Court says Manhattan DA can get Trump 's tax records, but rejects bid Jay Sekulow, an attorney for Trump , said in a statement that "we are pleased that in the decisions issued today "If the Court had accepted President Trump 's claim of broad immunity from subpoenas , it truly would have

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Manhattan 's top prosecutor told a U.S. court on Thursday he should be The Republican president has been fighting to block Vance's subpoena for a year, including at the U.S He also said handing over the returns would not irreparably harm Trump , citing the confidentiality of

"The only question here is whether a third-party custodian of the President's financial records may be subpoenaed for those records when they are relevant to a secret grand jury investigation and completely unrelated to any official action (and in fact were largely created before the President took office)," the prosecutors wrote.

Trump's lawyer had claimed during oral arguments before a panel of judges of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals that the president could not be subject to criminal investigation, and that the immunity was so broad that law enforcement would not be allowed to investigate even if Trump were to shoot someone in the middle of Fifth Avenue.

The judges steered away from that claim in their ruling, deciding only that "presidential immunity does not bar the enforcement of a state grand jury subpoena directing a third party to produce non-privileged material, even when the subject matter under investigation pertains to the President."

It's still unclear whether the justices will decide to take up the case, which one appellate judge had said seemed "destined" for the Supreme Court.

The case is part of a wide-ranging legal battle that Trump is waging with opponents over questions of executive power and his immunity from oversight. The president has also asked the Supreme Court to intervene to block a subpoena of his financial records being pursued by the House Oversight Committee.

Updated at 6:09 p.m.

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