Fight over Donald Trump's tax returns goes to appeals court – again


NEW YORK:A federal
appeals
court is set
to hear arguments Friday in President Donald
Trump‘s long-running
fight
to prevent a top New York prosecutor from getting his
tax
returns.

Trump‘s lawyers appealed
to the 2nd U.S. Circuit
Court of
Appeals after a district
court judge last month rejected their renewed efforts
to invalidate a subpoena that the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. issued
to
Trump‘s accounting firm.

A temporary restraining order remains in effect, preventing any
tax records from being turned
over at least until the latest appeal is decided.

Trump has said he expects the case
to return
to the Supreme
Court, making it unlikely the dispute will be resolved before the November election.

The Supreme
Court in July ruled that the presidency in and of itself doesn’t shield
Trump from the investigation, prompting
Trump‘s lawyers
to raise new objections and start the appellate process
over again.

With its decision, the Supreme
Court returned the case
to U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero in Manhattan so
Trump‘s lawyers could seek
to block the subpoena on other grounds.

Trump‘s lawyers contend the subpoena was issued in bad faith, overly broad, might have been politically motivated and amounted
to harassment. Marrero rejected those claims, leading
to the appeal being heard Friday.

Trump has called Vance’s investigation “a fishing expedition” and “a continuation of the witch hunt — the greatest witch hunt in history.”

Vance, a Democrat, began seeking the Republican president’s
tax
returns from his longtime accounting firm
over a year ago, after
Trump‘s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen told Congress that the president had misled
tax officials, insurers and business associates about the value of his assets.

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Vance’s office argued in
court papers this week that there’s “a mountainous record” of public allegations of misconduct
to support its efforts
to obtain
Trump‘s
tax
returns, such as news reports alleging
Trump or his companies inflated or minimized the value of assets for business and
tax purposes.

Even if Vance does get
Trump‘s
tax records, those would be part of a confidential grand jury investigation and not automatically be made public.





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