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Trump loses bid to delay handover of tax returns to New York prosecutor

World Aug 21, 2020 06:50PM ET
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By Jonathan Stempel and Jan Wolfe

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Friday denied President Donald Trump's request to delay letting Manhattan's district attorney obtain his tax returns for a criminal investigation into his family's real estate business while Trump pursues an appeal.

U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero issued his decision a day after rejecting Trump's arguments that the grand jury subpoena from district attorney Cyrus Vance to obtain his tax returns from the accounting firm Mazars USA was "wildly overbroad."

In refusing to delay the subpoena, Marrero said Trump had failed to show his appeal would likely succeed, or that he would be irreparably harmed absent a stay.

"Because a grand jury is under a legal obligation to keep the confidentiality of its records, the court finds that no irreparable harm will ensue from the disclosure to it of the President's records sought here," Marrero wrote.

Vance, a Democrat, will not obtain Trump's tax returns immediately, after the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan scheduled oral arguments for Sept. 1 on the Republican president's request for a stay.

Lawyers for Trump did not immediately respond to requests for comment. A spokesman for Vance declined to comment.

In Thursday's ruling, Marrero said throwing out the subpoena would effectively give the president immunity from Vance's criminal probe to which the U.S. Supreme Court in July declared he was not entitled.

The legal battle and grand jury secrecy rules make it unlikely the tax returns will become public before the Nov. 3 election in which Trump is seeking a second term.

Unlike other recent presidents, Trump has refused to release his tax returns.

Vance's investigation into Trump and his Trump Organization was spurred by disclosures of hush money payments to pornographic film actress Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal, who said they had sexual relationships with Trump. He has denied their claims.

Trump loses bid to delay handover of tax returns to New York prosecutor
 

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JD Marshall
JD Marshall Aug 22, 2020 1:39PM ET
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lol the left is going to lose their minds when they don't find anything. Trump is always steps ahead
Adrian White
Adrian White Aug 22, 2020 1:39PM ET
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It's not "the left" who is looking. It's the DA's office investigating potential bank and insurance fraud.
Jon Benton
Jon Benton Aug 22, 2020 2:33AM ET
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Hand Em over Fast Freddy or No Election !
Jim Robertson
Jim Robertson Aug 21, 2020 10:30PM ET
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are these people typing **** , because my censored post never appear, let alone with ****. What are the rules for this venue?
Jim Robertson
Jim Robertson Aug 21, 2020 7:45PM ET
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but they will let you say anything about our President Trump. One sided biased media. Go after Hunters dirt, you will find it under the rug you swept it under.
Jim Robertson
Jim Robertson Aug 21, 2020 7:43PM ET
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say the word obama and your censored.
Thom Miller
Thom Miller Aug 21, 2020 7:43PM ET
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Ja He a...s...s...h...o...l...e Trump?
Jim Robertson
Jim Robertson Aug 21, 2020 7:43PM ET
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Ja He reason, am I right.
Jim Robertson
Jim Robertson Aug 21, 2020 7:42PM ET
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say the word Hillary and your censored
Thom Miller
Thom Miller Aug 21, 2020 7:42PM ET
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You’re, not your. Just another typical uneducated Trumper.
Brady Murray
Brady Murray Aug 21, 2020 12:45PM ET
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No worries. Will move to next stage and ultimatley the Supreme Court. There is no requirement for this to be President
Adrian White
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Brady, it's not about him 'needing to show his tax returns in order to be president'. This is not a Congressional Committee, it's the Manhattan DA investigating him for potential bank and insurance frāud.
 
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