UPDATED 1:47 PM PT — Monday, November 4, 2019
New York prosecutors have continued to push President Trump to turn over his tax returns. However, the president and his lawyers have fought back. They say there is no requirement for him to release his financial records. The president’s legal team is now taking the battle to the Supreme Court after a federal court in New York rejected their appeal to keep his tax returns private.
Democrat Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. is requesting the president turn over eight years worth of his corporate and personal tax returns. The request is part of a criminal investigation into alleged hush money payments made to two women, who claim they had an affair with the president before he was elected.
The president fired back with a lawsuit to block the subpoena the district attorney sent to his accounting firm. The president’s legal team has argued he has absolute immunity from prosecution while in office and even from his conduct before he was elected. On Monday, however, the judges on the U.S. Second Circuit of Appeals ruled the president is not immune from criminal investigations while in office. The ruling requires the president’s accounting firm to hand over the documents requested by the district attorney’s office.
The president’s lawyer Jay Sekulow issued a statement, saying: “the decision of the Second Circuit will be taken to the Supreme Court… the issue raised in this case goes to the heart of our republic…. the constitutional issues are significant.”