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

Trump sues New York prosecutors to block tax return subpoena

Trump sues New York prosecutors to block tax return subpoena

Donald Trump sued Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. after Vance demanded eight years of the president's tax returns in a probe of whether the Trump Organization falsified business records.

"In response to the subpoenas issued by the New York County District Attorney, we have filed a lawsuit this morning in federal court on behalf of the president in order to address the significant constitutional issues at stake in this case", the president's attorney, Jay Sekulow, said in a statement.

Trump's lawsuit says Vance's actions are politically motivated to "harass" him and hurt the President during his reelection campaign, and it says Vance's subpoenas are unconstitutional because they're part of an attempt to investigate a sitting President.

His office subpoenaed documents from the company in August, the person said, and the New York Times reported September 17 that Vance had also issued subpoenas to Mazars seeking personal and corporate tax returns.

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In this case, Trump is asking a federal judge to bar Vance and Mazars from making any moves to fulfill or enforce the subpoena until Trump has left office.

Trump and three of his children filed a lawsuit in April seeking to block two House committees from getting records that his longtime lender, Deutsche Bank, has said includes tax returns.

Trump accused Vance of joining "the campaign of bad-faith investigations and harassment" against him by Democratic officials, including from two U.S. House of Representatives committees that have subpoenaed the Republican president's financial records.

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Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the law in July.

In a statement, it said it "will respect the legal process and fully comply with its legal obligations", though as a matter of policy it does not comment on its work for clients. "We look forward to the court's written order".

"The subpoena is a bad faith effort to harass the president by obtaining and exposing his confidential financial information, not a legitimate attempt to enforce NY law", Trump's legal team added in the complaint.

A copy of the complaint filed in Manhattan federal court was not immediately available in online records. Trump's accounting firm declined to comment.

Trump's campaign and the Republican National Committee have sued, and a hearing is set Thursday in federal court in Sacramento.

The state's lawyers said it's within California's power to regulate its primary elections, and it called the requirement a measure of ballot access, not a new qualification to run for president.

Vance had sought to receive much of the subpoenaed material from Mazars by Thursday, and the tax records by September 23, but agreed to wait until after the hearing.

The Vance subpoena case joins about a half dozen other ongoing federal lawsuits where Trump's political critics seek his tax returns or other financial records and Trump is trying to stop them.

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