Published: Sat, September 21, 2019
Research | By Rhonda Reese

Donald Trump sues Manhattan DA, seeks to block tax return subpoena

Donald Trump sues Manhattan DA, seeks to block tax return subpoena

President Donald Trump notched a major victory Thursday with a federal judge's temporary injunction halting a California law aimed at forcing the president to release his tax returns.

He said there would be "irreparable harm without temporary relief" for Trump and other candidates from the law signed by Gov.ernor Gavin Newsom in July.

The Trump administration officially revoked California's ability to set its own emission standards.

A bevy of Trump opponents have launched efforts to get the president to disclose his tax returns but none so far have been successful.

Besides 22 other states, the cities of Los Angeles and NY and the District of Columbia joined California in the lawsuit.

Trump's aides also argue that California's plan will hurt consumers because new vehicle prices will rise an average of $2,300. With the judge expected to give a final ruling by the end of the month, candidates may not need to release those documents at all. It goes on to say that "the protection of the criminal justice system from corrupt acts by any person - including the President - accords with the fundamental principle of our government that '[n] o [person] in this country is so high that he is above the law'".

Trump's DOJ was said to be looking into whether the automakers violated federal anti-competition laws when they agreed to build cars in line with more stringent standards suggested by state authorities in California.

Steven Mnuchin and Richard Neal
Donald Trump sues Manhattan DA, seeks to block tax return subpoena

President Donald Trump on Thursday sued both his longtime accounting firm Mazars USA and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance in an attempt to prevent his accounting records from being turned over to the state prosecutor as part of a sweeping investigation into hush money payments during the 2016 presidential campaign.

California is following through on its promise to take the Trump administration to court after the White House's latest move to roll back California's authority to set automotive vehicle emission standards. "The court should declare it invalid and enjoin its enforcement until the President is no longer in office".

According to several reports, Trump attorney Jay Sekulow said in a statement that the case surrounding Trump's taxes contains "significant constitutional issues".

Meanwhile, Democratic-led congressional committees are also trying to obtain Trump's tax returns and other records that could provide a window into his finances.

Trump's team, however, acknowledges that "no court has had to squarely consider the question" of whether a sitting President can be criminally prosecuted or investigated.

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. In his lawsuit seeking to block those subpoenas, Trump argued that the House sought his returns for improper political purposes, and that such an inquiry is exclusively the province of the executive branch, which he heads.

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