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WASHINGTON — A federal appeals courtroom in Manhattan rejected President Trump’s bid to hold eight years of his tax returns secret.
The loss suggests Trump will possible attraction to the Supreme Court, in what guarantees to be a titanic Constitutional battle over the boundaries of presidential immunity from investigation and prosecution.
But for now, the federal courtroom has dominated that Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance’s subpoena for the data was reputable and that his accounting agency should abide by it. “Any presidential immunity from state criminal process does not extend to investigative steps like the grand jury subpoena at issue here,” the three-judge panel wrote in its unanimous resolution.
Vance subpoenaed Trump’s monetary information and tax returns from his long-time accounting agency Mazars USA as half of an investigation into hush-money funds made prior to the 2016 election to ladies who claimed they slept with Trump.
Cover picture: President Donald Trump waves after talking to reporters upon arrival on the White House in Washington, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)