Paul L. Caron

Saturday, August 1, 2020

NY Times: Trump Again Tries To Block Subpoena For His Tax Returns, Calling It ‘Wildly Overbroad’

New York Times, Trump Again Tries to Block Subpoena for Taxes, Calling It ‘Wildly Overbroad’:

President Trump on Monday mounted his most forceful and detailed legal attack yet on the subpoena for his tax returns by the Manhattan district attorney, arguing the request was “wildly overbroad” and “issued in bad faith,” a new court filing shows.

Mr. Trump’s lawyers asked a federal judge in Manhattan to declare that the subpoena from the district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., a Democrat, was “invalid and unenforceable.”

They also asked that the judge issue an order barring Mr. Vance from “taking any action to enforce” the subpoena — which sought years of tax and other financial records from his accountants — and that he block Mr. Trump’s accounting firm, Mazars USA, from turning over any of the information.

“The Mazars subpoena is so sweeping that it amounts to an unguided and unlawful fishing expedition into the President’s personal financial and business dealings,” the lawyers wrote.

Mr. Trump’s arguments came just weeks after the Supreme Court cleared the way for Manhattan prosecutors to seek his financial records, in a decision that was seen as a major defeat for Mr. Trump and a statement on the limits of presidential power.

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