President Donald Trump suffered a setback in his bid to keep his tax returns out of the hands of New York State officials. U.S. District Court Judge Victor Marrero dismissed Trump's attempt to block a subpoena by the Manhattan District Attorney's Office for eight years of his tax returns. Marrero rejected Trump's argument that the White House enjoys "absolute immunity from criminal process of any kind."
"This Court finds aspects of such a doctrine repugnant to the nation's governmental structure and constitutional values," Marrero wrote in his 75-page decision.
Trump's legal team filed an emergency notice of appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which granted their request to stay the ruling while it is appealed.
“We are very pleased that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has issued a stay of the subpoena issued by New York County District Attorney Cy Vance,” Trump attorney Jay Sekulow said.
Prosecutors are investigating whether the Trump Organization violated any New York state laws for reimbursing Trump's former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, for hush money payments he made to two women who claimed they had sex with Trump. Cohen pleaded guilty to violating campaign finance laws over the payments and is currently serving his sentence in federal prison.
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