Federal Judge Orders Trump To Turn Over 8 Years Of Tax Returns
President Donald Trump’s accounting firm must turn over eight years worth of the president’s personal and business tax returns to the Manhattan district attorney, a federal judge ruled on Monday morning.
According to The New York Times, Judge Victor Marrero said in his 75-page ruling that Trump’s argument — which held that sitting presidents are immune from criminal investigation — was “repugnant to the nation’s governmental structure and constitutional values.”
The president’s attorneys are expected to appeal the decision.
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance is currently investigating whether Trump broke any New York state laws regarding a hush money payment he and his former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, made to adult film star Stormy Daniels during the 2016 election.
The president’s attorneys sued to block a subpoena demanding the tax returns last month, arguing that presidents cannot be criminally investigated until they leave office.
“The lawyers acknowledged that their argument had not been tested in courts,” The Times reported, “but said the release of the president’s tax returns would cause him ‘irreparable harm.’”
Last week the Justice Department took the unusual step of involving itself in the case, citing “significant constitutional issues” in the matter but refraining from either agreeing or disagreeing with Trump’s argument.
Trump is the first president since Richard Nixon to decide against releasing his tax returns to the public, though doing so is not a requirement. His allies maintain that Vance, a Democrat, is pursuing a partisan case against the president.