Trump’s Lawyers Appeal Ruling on His Tax Returns

NEW YORK – President Donald Trump’s lawyers are appealing a judge’s conclusion that the president cannot stop Manhattan’s district attorney from getting his tax returns.

U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero had said in his ruling Monday that he could not grant such a “categorical and limitless assertion of presidential immunity.”

Trump’s lawyers immediately appealed to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. That means the returns are unlikely to be turned over immediately.

That court is also based in Manhattan. The Justice Department declined to comment.

District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. has asked Trump’s accounting firm to turn over his business and personal tax returns.

It is part of an investigation of the Trump Organization’s involvement in buying the silence of two women who claimed to have had affairs with the president.

A federal judge has rejected President Donald Trump’s challenge to the release of his tax returns for a New York state criminal probe.

Judge Victor Marrero ruled Monday. He said he cannot endorse such a “categorical and limitless assertion of presidential immunity from judicial process.”

The returns had been sought by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. His office is investigating the Trump Organization’s involvement in buying the silence of two women who claimed to have had affairs with the president.

Trump’s lawyers have said the investigation is politically motivated and that the quest for his tax records should be stopped because he is immune from any criminal probe as long as he is president.

(c) VOA

13 comments

  1. “Trump’s lawyers have said the investigation is politically motivated and that the quest for his tax records should be stopped because he is immune from any criminal probe as long as he is president.”

    The Justice department has a policy that a sitting President cannot be charged with a crime, there is nothing in the constitution that says a sitting President is immune, or any law passed by Congress.

    • “In Mississippi v. Johnson,807 in 1867, the Court placed the President beyond the reach of judicial direction, either affirmative or restraining, in the exercise of his powers, whether constitutional or statutory, political or otherwise in an attempt on the part of the judicial department of the government to enforce the performance of such duties by the President might be justly characterized, in the language of Chief Justice Marshall, as ‘an absurd and excessive extravagance.’”

  2. He obviously sees a political downside to the release of his tax returns. Every President in the last 40 years since Nixon has done so.
    Although Nixon didn’t initially turn over his returns voluntarily. They were leaked by someone in the IRS.
    And they revealed – yeah – that the president had paid very little in taxes. That led to his I’m not a crook statement. By the way, the reporter who published the returns won the Pulitzer Prize.

    • That’s how the hypocrisy from the Left works. There is a double-standard. For example; Hillary paid for conjured up dirt on Trump from foreign countries but it will not be reported because she is one of them. On the other hand, Trump asked Zelensky to look into corruption and it is a massive, criminal, ground-shaking offence that prompted immediate calls for impeachment, lmao…

      • I think that in the future that I will limit my comments to matters pertaining to Ukraine and try to steer clear of the toxic political climate that exists in the United States.

            • Why do you think Russia want the US involved in these talks? You can be sure it’s not for the benefit of Ukraine, Lukashenko is parrotting the same crap, no doubt he’s had his orders too.

        • Toxic political climate? That is being mild, IMHO. Major shitstorm of political BS and gerrymandering going on!

      • The question Red is, was he refering during the phone conversation to corruption in general, or more focussed on persons of the Biden persuasion?

        • Yes I understand. I think he said what he said, look into it. But context is also important. Zelensky said there was no pressure and a month later they said they didn’t even know the aid was held up. So, how can there be a threat?

  3. IMHO, what we have is a couple of cronic liars looking out for their political carreers. Both are slippery and shady characters.

What is your opinion?