Trump Loses Appeal To Block Manhattan DA From Getting His Tax Returns
President Donald Trump is likely headed to the Supreme Court after a federal appeals court shut down his attempt to keep Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance from obtaining his tax returns.
According to NBC News, the three-judge panel ruled that Trump must hand over the documents, which Vance subpoenaed from the president’s accounting firm in the course of investigating hush-money payments to two women during the 2016 election.
The panel wrote that "any presidential immunity from state criminal process does not extend to investigative steps like the grand jury subpoena at issue here," affirming a lower court's ruling on the issue.
Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen, who is presently doing prison time for several financial crimes, said he made payments to the two women — adult film star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen MacDougal — at the direction of the president.
Trump is expected to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court.