Trump Wins Delay in Handover of Tax Returns To Manhattan Prosecutor

A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday granted President Donald Trump’s request to delay Manhattan’s district attorney from accessing his tax returns in connection with a criminal probe of his business practices.

The unsigned order by a panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan was a victory for the president in his yearlong quest to block District Attorney Cyrus Vance from enforcing a grand jury subpoena for eight years of personal and corporate returns.

Trump has been challenging an Aug. 20 decision by U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero to let Vance obtain the returns from the president’s longtime accounting firm Mazars USA.

The district attorney had wanted access to the returns even during Trump’s appeal, but Tuesday’s order ends that possibility for now. Oral arguments have been scheduled for Sept. 25.

Vance began his probe after news that Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen paid pornographic film actress Stormy Daniels $130,000 to keep quiet before the 2016 election about claimed sexual encounters with Trump, which the president has denied.

In July, the Supreme Court refused to block the subpoena, rejecting Trump’s claim of absolute immunity from criminal probes while in the White House, but said Trump could raise other objections.

Trump is seeking re-election on Nov. 3. Vance has complained that dragging out the litigation has effectively given the Republican president the immunity he wanted.

Grand jury proceedings are held in secret, and if Trump’s tax returns were handed over it could take months for the public to learn their contents.

The prior six presidents, both Republican and Democrat, from Jimmy Carter to Barack Obama, have released their tax returns.

Following the Supreme Court ruling, Trump claimed that the subpoena from Vance, a Democrat, was “wildly overbroad” and issued in bad faith.

In seeking a stay, William Consovoy, a lawyer for Trump, told the appeals court that giving Vance a chance even to see the returns would cause the president irreparable harm.

“The status quo can never be restored,” he said. “We can’t make them forget what they learn.”

Carey Dunne, a lawyer for Vance, downplayed that concern. “The toothpaste can be put back into the tube sufficiently to protect people’s rights,” he said.

Dunne also said each category of documents Vance sought was “directly relevant” to his probe, and Trump offered no specifics to suggest otherwise.

(Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Editing by Noeleen Walder and Tom Brown)

Responses

  1. general confuction and dickbert “if you can’t do the time, then don’t do the crime” is your motto, then why isn’t hitlery or obutticus in prison for their dealings behind the backs of the citizens???? Don’t tell me that nothing was proven either. When you have the communist/fascist party in power and doing the investigation, it is a forgone conclusion that members of the party will be found innocent. Your party have already been found to be on a witch hunt and your Russia, Russia and Ukraine investigations have been found to be lies and some of you are now paying the price with more to follow. The problem is that your party is the party of LIES and DECEIT. That is the only way you can be a party. If citizens new who you really are and what your agenda is, they too would run as I did and many others are doing.

  2. Chuck, if it exposes criminal activity that occurred before the man was President, it should be allowed to proceed. Becoming President doesn’t erase the events of your prior life, and retroactively make you immune from birth.

  3. It’s just a never ending persecution of this man. November can’t get here soon enough so mayeb the Dems can finally get a clue.

  4. They should be delayed indefinitely. Tax records and business records occurring before the 2016 election have no bearing on the Presidency. It’s another fishing expedition. Time to stop Democrat BS!!

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