Paul L. Caron

Thursday, July 16, 2020

NY Times: Trump Raises New Objections To Subpoena Seeking His Tax Returns

New York Times, Trump Raises New Objections to Subpoena Seeking His Tax Returns:

Days after the U.S. Supreme Court delivered a defeat to President Trump, clearing the way for the Manhattan district attorney to seek his tax returns, his lawyers on Wednesday renewed their efforts to block or at least narrow access to the records.

Mr. Trump’s lawyers wrote to the federal judge in Manhattan who originally presided over the case, saying they planned to argue that the district attorney’s subpoena seeking eight years of his corporate and personal tax returns was too broad and politically motivated.

The filing came less than a week after the Supreme Court struck down Mr. Trump’s previous argument — that the subpoena was invalid because a sitting president could not be criminally investigated.

In the new filing, Mr. Trump’s lawyers noted that the high court’s decision allowed him to raise other objections: that the subpoena was “motivated by a desire to harass or is conducted in bad faith,” and that it would impede his constitutional duties.

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Is it just me, or is it possible that if there were a legitimate legislative purpose for the subpoena, they'd also subpoena the tax returns of Obama and GWB? Maybe since they didn't, the charade is made clear?

Posted by: Anon | Jul 16, 2020 5:21:21 PM

The Presidential Tax Return Archive includes returns disclosed by every president from Nixon through Obama, with the exception of Ford. (Since Ford released only summary tax data, the archive includes a summary.) Is that clear?

Posted by: Sid | Jul 17, 2020 4:41:50 PM