(WAB NEWS) – A federal judge on Monday dismissed President Donald Trump's efforts to prevent his tax returns from being delivered to a New York investigative jury.
The ruling increases the likelihood that Trump's tax returns will be provided in response to a subpoena from the Manhattan district attorney's office, although any material obtained through a subpoena from the investigating jury is covered by the investigative jury's secret rules. , which means that it will probably be made public only if they were used as evidence in a trial.
Discarding Trump's "extraordinary" claim that any White House occupant enjoys "absolute immunity from any type of criminal proceeding," federal district judge Victor Marrero said in a 75-page opinion that such a position "would constitute a excess of executive power ”.RELATED
The judge described Trump's claim of immunity as "disgusting to the governmental structure and constitutional values of the nation."
A Trump lawyer filed an emergency appeal notice with the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals of the United States minutes after the district judge filed his decision, and the appeals court immediately ordered a temporary suspension of the citation.
In a tweet on Monday, Trump criticized the legal effort.
“The radical leftist Democrats have failed on all fronts, so they are now pressing local Democratic prosecutors in New York City to persecute President Trump. Something like this had never happened to any president before. Not even close! ”Trump tweeted.
The Radical Left Democrats have failed on all fronts, so now they are pushing local New York City and State Democrat prosecutors to go get President Trump. A thing like this has never happened to any President before. Not even close!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2019
Prosecutors are analyzing whether the Trump Organization violated the laws of the state of New York, including the possible filing of false business records, in its effort to reimburse Michael Cohen, the former Trump lawyer, who paid part of the money silently to women on behalf of Trump. Cohen is serving a prison sentence after pleading guilty in a federal case related to payments.
As part of its investigation, the district attorney’s office sent Trump's accounting firm, Mazars USA, a subpoena from the investigative jury in search of tax returns and related documents dating back to 2011. On Monday, a spokeswoman for the company He said: "Mazars USA will respect the legal process and fully comply with its legal obligations."
The Manhattan District Attorney's Office, led by Cyrus Vance, Jr., is examining the money that was paid during the 2016 presidential campaign to two women who allegedly had relations with Trump a decade ago. Trump has denied those relationships.