The quest for President Donald Trump’s tax returns continues as a federal judge rejected Trump’s efforts to shield his tax returns from Manhattan state prosecutors. This comes as Manhattan state prosecutors have requested eight years of Trump’s personal and corporate tax returns as part of an investigation into hush-money payments made before the 2016 presidential election.
The judge rejected Trump’s claim that he was immune from criminal investigations. In the 75-page ruling, the judge used detailed constitutional analysis and Supreme Court precedents to dismantle that President’s argument that investigating a sitting president was unconstitutional. The judge dismissed the lawsuit that had been filed by Mr. Trump who wanted to block the subpoena for his tax returns. The Manhattan district attorney had requested the records in late August.
While the ruling brings the district attorney closer to obtaining Trump’s tax returns, his tax returns are still protected as his lawyers have appealed the ruling to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. The Court has agreed to temporarily delay enforcement of the subpoena while it considers the arguments in the case.
The subpoena came as the district attorney is investigating if any New York State laws were broken when President Trump and his company reimbursed the president’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, for payments he made to Stormy Daniels. Trump’s lawyers sued last month to block the subpoena.
Along with the Manhattan district attorney, Trump has also sued to stop attempts by congressional Democrats to gain access to his tax returns and financial records. He also sued to block a New York State law that would share state tax returns with congressional committees.
Trump’s taxes have been a source of debate since the 2016 election. Several Democrat presidential candidates have released their tax returns to the public during their campaigns. The appeals court will begin hearing arguments at the end of this month.