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Trump lawyers renew legal assault on tax records subpoena

Trump lawyers renew legal assault on tax records subpoena

President Donald Trumps lawyers filed fresh arguments Monday to try to block or severely limit a criminal subpoena for his tax records, calling it a harassment of the president.

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NEW YORK President Donald Trumps lawyers filed fresh arguments Monday to try to block or severely limit a criminal subpoena for his tax records, calling it a harassment of the president.

Lawyers filed a rewritten lawsuit in Manhattan federal court to challenge the subpoena by Manhattan’s state prosecutor on grounds they believe conform with how the U.S. Supreme Court said the subpoena can be contested.

The high court ruled earlier this month that a Manhattan prosecutor could subpoena tax records from Trumps accountant over his objections.

But the court said he could challenge the subpoena as improper just as anyone else can.

Trumps lawyers had argued that the president could not be criminally investigated while he was in office.

In their new court papers, Trumps lawyers said the subpoena of his tax records was wildly overbroad and amounts to harassment of the President.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. sought the tax records in part for a probe of how Trumps then-personal lawyer arranged during the 2016 presidential race to keep the porn actress Stormy Daniels and model Karen McDougal from airing claims of extramarital affairs with Trump. Trump has denied the affairs.

Vance, a Democrat, has requested eight years of the Republican presidents personal and corporate tax records.

The Supreme Court returned the case to a federal judge in Manhattan who has arranged for both sides to finish filing their legal arguments over challenges to the subpoena by mid-August.

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  • First Published: July 28, 2020, 3:02 AM IST
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