2020-10-13 17:27:36 UTC
President Trump on Tuesday filed an emergency request to the Supreme Court
asking the justices to shield his tax records from a New York grand jury
The filing from Trumps personal attorneys marks the second time the president
has asked the court to block Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance (D) from
obtaining eight years of his tax records.
In July, the justices voted 7-2 to reject Trumps argument that presidents have
sweeping immunity from the criminal process, but said Trump could mount other
legal objections in lower court proceedings.
Since then, New York-based federal district and appellate courts have roundly
rejected Trumps additional assertions that the subpoena should be blocked
because it is overly broad and was issued in bad faith and designed to harass
Tuesdays filing asks the justices to temporarily halt a ruling last week by a
three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit that upheld
the enforceability of the grand jury subpoena. It also indicated Trumps intent
to file a formal appeal of that ruling.
The Manhattan District Attorney's Office last year subpoenaed Trump's accounting
firm, Mazars USA, for the president's personal and business tax returns and
other financial records. Trump has tried unsuccessfully for more than a year to
fend off the request.
Vance's office is looking into payments made to silence two women who allege
they had affairs with Trump, including adult-film star Stormy Daniels. Trumps
former attorney and fixer, Michael Cohen, who pleaded guilty to bank fraud, tax
fraud and campaign law violation, has said the payments were made in order to
influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.
Additionally, Vances office hinted earlier this month that its subpoena is part
of an investigation into "possibly extensive and protracted criminal conduct at
the Trump Organization," including potential fraud allegations detailed in media
reports in recent years.