Trump tax returns fight speeds to Supreme Court

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The Manhattan district attorney and attorneys for President Donald Trump have come to an agreement to pause the enforcement of a grand jury subpoena for Trump’s tax returns until after an appeals court issues their opinion and perhaps until after the Supreme Court is asked to hear the case.

In a letter filed Monday with the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, lawyers from D.A. Cyrus Vance’s office said they’ll hold off on trying to enforce the subpoena against Trump’s accounting firm until after the court of appeals publishes their opinion and after either one of the sides asks the Supreme Court to examine the case.

The two sides are set to face off in oral arguments before the 2nd Circuit on Wednesday, following a lower court’s ruling that the accounting firm, Mazars USA, had to turn the documents over to the D.A.

Vance’s office is seeking to review eight years of tax records as part of a criminal investigation into the Trump Organization about hush money payments made to two women who have alleged affairs with Trump before he became president. Trump has denied having the affairs.

Trump’s lawyers contend the D.A. isn’t entitled to the returns and that a sitting president is not “subject to the criminal process” while in office. In a ruling earlier this month, a Manhattan federal court judge found that argument “repugnant to the nation’s governmental structure and constitutional values.”


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