October 28, 2020 05:32 AM RSS

Appeals Court Affirms: Trump Must Turn Over Tax Returns

  • Wall Street Rebel | James DiGeorgia
  • 09/25/2020 7:08 PM
Appeals Court Affirms: Trump Must Turn Over Tax Returns

The New York Daily News reports that the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals is running out of patience with Donald Trump and his lawyers attempt to keep Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. from having access to the president’s taxes.

 

The New York Daily News reports President Trump’s relentless fight to keep his taxes from Manhattan District Cyrus Vance Jr. may soon come to a bitter end. The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals is made it known Friday that it’s running out of patience with Trump’s legal challenges to Vance’s subpoenas on his longtime accounting firm….

“The three judges on the panel appear deeply skeptical of arguments by Trump attorney William Consovoy and that Judge Pierre Leval called Trump’s attacks against Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. “deeply contrived.”

The Daily News reported today…

 “Perhaps most significantly for Trump, Judge Leval indicated that the only thing stopping Vance from enforcing his subpoena on Trump’s accounting firm, Mazars, was Vance himself. The DA has agreed with Trump to delay enforcement of the demand while Trump pursued appeals. The judge has requested a further briefing on the issue.”

Judge Robert Katzmann also piled on the president for claiming the grand jury Manhattan District Attorney Vance is using to investigate the Trump Organization should be limited in scope, telling the president’s attorney…

 “Grand juries, as you know, are given broad authority to do their work. Are you asking us to change the way grand juries have done their work for time immemorial just because someone is President of the United States?”

All three judges on the panel appeared deeply skeptical of arguments by Trump attorney William Consovoy. Judge Raymond Lohier openly wondered if there were any subpoena Trump would consider justified. The judge asked Consovoy…

“Is there a request for documents...that would not, in your view, be overbroad?”

Consovoy “No” answer just served to pour gasoline on the simmering judicial fire.

Judge Lohier then said.…

 “That’s a problem. You see why that’s a problem.”

Judge Robert Katzmann scoffed at Trump’s claim that the grand jury Vance is using to investigate the Trump Organization should be limited in scope. The grand jury is probing the company’s accounting practices, among other issues. Judge Katzmann asked.

“Grand juries, as you know, are given broad authority to do their work. Are you asking us to change the way grand juries have done their work for time immemorial just because someone is President of the United States?”

Perhaps most significantly for Trump, Judge Leval indicated that the only thing stopping Vance from enforcing his subpoena on Trump’s accounting firm, Mazars, was Vance himself. The DA has agreed with Trump to delay enforcement of the demand while Trump pursued appeals. The judge requested further briefing on the issue.

Trump sued to block the subpoenas over a year ago, arguing that he was entitled to broad immunity from criminal investigation while in the White House. The Supreme Court rejected that claim in July. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in a historic decision…

“No citizen, not even the president, is categorically above the common duty to produce evidence when called upon in a criminal proceeding.”

After the Supreme Court issued its ruling, the case returned to the lower court. Trump pursued arguments that Vance was on an improper fishing expedition and that the subpoena was overbroad.

Judge Victor Marrero then ruled in August that it was time for Trump to comply with Vance’s demand, just as any other citizen would writing…

“Justice requires an end to this controversy.”

Trump then appealed that decision, bringing the case before the 2nd Circuit yet again.

Court filings have hinted that Vance’s probe may go beyond hush money to women in the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election and include a probe of possible insurance and bank fraud, among other financial crimes.

 

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