Trump Tax Return Fight Returns to Court09/25 06:23
NEW YORK (AP) -- A federal appeals court is set to hear arguments Friday in
President Donald Trump's long-running fight to prevent a top New York
prosecutor from getting his tax returns.
Trump's lawyers appealed to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after a
district court judge last month rejected their renewed efforts to invalidate a
subpoena that the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. issued
to Trump's accounting firm.
A temporary restraining order remains in effect, preventing any tax records
from being turned over at least until the latest appeal is decided. Trump has
said he expects the case to return to the Supreme Court, making it unlikely the
dispute will be resolved before the November election.
The Supreme Court in July ruled that the presidency in and of itself doesn't
shield Trump from the investigation, prompting Trump's lawyers to raise new
objections and start the appellate process over again.
With its decision, the Supreme Court returned the case to U.S. District
Judge Victor Marrero in Manhattan so Trump's lawyers could seek to block the
subpoena on other grounds.
Trump's lawyers contend the subpoena was issued in bad faith, overly broad,
might have been politically motivated and amounted to harassment. Marrero
rejected those claims, leading to the appeal being heard Friday.
Trump has called Vance's investigation "a fishing expedition" and "a
continuation of the witch hunt --- the greatest witch hunt in history."
Vance, a Democrat, began seeking the Republican president's tax returns from
his longtime accounting firm over a year ago, after Trump's former personal
lawyer Michael Cohen told Congress that the president had misled tax officials,
insurers and business associates about the value of his assets.
Vance's office argued in court papers this week that there's "a mountainous
record" of public allegations of misconduct to support its efforts to obtain
Trump's tax returns, such as news reports alleging Trump or his companies
inflated or minimized the value of assets for business and tax purposes.
Even if Vance does get Trump's tax records, those would be part of a
confidential grand jury investigation and not automatically be made public.