Trump cannot block grand jury subpoena for his tax returns, court rules

Source: The Hill | October 7, 2020 | John Kruzel and Naomi Jagoda

A federal appeals court on Wednesday ruled that President Trump cannot block enforcement of a New York grand jury subpoena for eight years of his tax returns.

The ruling, from a three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, affirms a federal judge’s decision in August that rejected Trump’s claims that the subpoena from Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. was overly broad and issued in bad faith.

The parties have agreed to temporarily halt enforcement of the subpoena.

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 initially challenged the subpoena by arguing that presidents have sweeping immunity from the criminal process. In July, the Supreme Court rejected that argument and sent the case back to the lower courts for further proceedings. Trump then filed a new complaint that argued that the subpoena is too broad and amounts to presidential harassment.

The appeals court rejected the argument that the subpoena is too broad.

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    Ha-Ha! One of the many reasons why Trump wants to stay in office is that if he loses re-election, this and other investigations/legal proceedings will move forward. If he is only nailed for tax evasion, I can live with that. Al Capone, for all the murders and other high crimes he committed, was only convicted of tax evasion and imprisoned. One way or another, sooner or later, Trump and his crime family will pay.

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