Published: Fri, September 20, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump files lawsuit against Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance over subpoenas

Trump files lawsuit against Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance over subpoenas

President Trump on Thursday sued to block Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. from obtaining his tax returns.

Trump's attorneys filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in NY against the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., who recently subpoenaed the president's accounting firm for eight years of Trump's state and federal returns.

But Mr Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow told The Associated Press the lawsuit is intended "to address the significant constitutional issues at stake in this case".

Vance is also pursuing a mortgage fraud case against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

A copy of the complaint filed in Manhattan federal court was not immediately available in online records, and Vance's office did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Trump is separately trying to block Deutsche Bank AG from handing over financial records, which include some tax returns, to two U.S. House of Representatives committees that issued subpoenas for the records.

Vance also in early August used a grand jury in NY to subpoena Trump's business for records related to him.

Trump has denied any sexual relationship with either woman and said any payments were personal matters, not campaign expenses.

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The accounting firm, Mazars USA, said in a statement that it 'will respect the legal process and fully comply with its legal obligations'.

Trump also is appealing court decisions by federal judges in NY and Washington that would allow the House Financial Services, Intelligence and Oversight committees from obtaining his records from Deutsche Bank, Capital One Financial Corp. and his accountant, Mazars USA, which also is named in his latest lawsuit. "As a matter of firm policy and professional rules we do not comment on the work we conduct for our clients", the firm said in a statement. Cohen is now serving a three-year prison sentence after pleading guilty last year to multiple crimes, including breaking federal campaign finance laws related to the hush money payments.

The investigation centers around Trump's former personal attorney and "fixer", Michael Cohen, who admitted to making the payments to buy the silence of the women before the 2016 election.

The two Democratic-led states have emerged as Trump's most ardent foes, fighting not just for his tax returns but repeatedly suing his administration over his environmental, immigration and other policies.

The law signed by Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom in July says candidates for president must release five years of tax returns by November to run in the California primary, which is scheduled for March 2020.

The federal appeals court in Manhattan heard oral arguments in that case on August 23, and has yet to rule.

The subpoena is similar to a demand of Trump's tax records by House Democrats who claim to have authority to see them under a law from the 1920s.

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