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Judge Delivers Blow to Trump on Tax Returns

Federal judge rejects president's legal challenge to Manhattan subpoena
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 7, 2019 8:33 AM CDT
President Trump listens to reporter's question on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, Oct. 4, 2019.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(Newser) – President Trump just lost a key ruling in his bid to keep his tax returns from going public. A federal judge in New York on Monday declared that the Manhattan district attorney has the right to subpoena eight years of the president's personal and business returns, reports the New York Times. But don't expect the returns to surface anytime soon: Trump's lawyers filed an immediate appeal, and the judge's order has been put on hold for now. In the original case, Trump's legal team argued that he is immune from any criminal investigation because he is a sitting president, reports the AP. But Judge Victor Marrero, a Bill Clinton appointee, called that line of defense "repugnant to the nation’s governmental structure and constitutional values."

Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance wants the records as part of his investigation into the Trump Organization's payments to two women in the runup to the 2016 election who claimed to have had affairs with Trump, including Stormy Daniels. Vance subpoenaed the records about a month ago, but Trump's lawyers sued. Marrero, however, said in his ruling that he can't back such a "categorical and limitless assertion of presidential immunity from judicial process." Trump himself responded to the ruling on Twitter, notes the Wall Street Journal. "The Radical Left have failed on all fronts, so now they are pushing local New York City and State Democrat prosecutors to go get President Trump," he wrote. "A thing like this has never happened to any President before. Not even close!" (Read more President Trump stories.)

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