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Trump Lawyer Vows Supreme Court Fight After Appeals Court Ruling On Tax Returns

Chuck Ross on November 4, 2019

President Donald Trump’s personal attorney is vowing to go to the Supreme Court after a federal appeals court ruled that Trump’s tax returns must be provided to a grand jury in Manhattan as part of a local investigation into a hush-money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels.

Three judges on the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously that Trump’s accounting firm, Mazars LLP, must provide the tax documents to Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance.

Jay Sekulow, a personal lawyer for Trump, vowed to appeal the case to the Supreme Court.

“The decision of the Second Circuit will be taken to the Supreme Court. The issue raised in this case go to the heart of our Republic. The constitutional issues are significant,” Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow said in a statement.

Trump’s lawyers had argued that the president is immune from criminal investigations and subpoenas issued in criminal proceedings. In a hearing on Oct. 23, the president’s lawyer, William Consovoy, argued that Trump could not be criminally prosecuted even if he shot someone on 5th Avenue in New York City.

Robert Katzmann, the chief judge on the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, shot down the argument in his ruling on Monday.

“After reviewing historical and legal precedent, we conclude only that presidential immunity does not bar the enforcement of a state grand jury subpoena directing a third party to produce non-privileged material, even when the subject matter under investigation pertains to the President,” Katzmann said in his opinion, according to Politico.

Trump has fought other attempts to obtain his tax returns, including from the House Ways & Means Committee. Rep. Richard Neal, the Democratic chairman of the committee, has sued for six years worth of Trump tax returns in that case.

Vance, a Democrat, subpoenaed Mazars LLP for eight years of Trump’s tax returns as part of an investigation into a $130,000 payment that former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen made to Daniels.

Cohen, who is serving a three-year prison sentence, has testified that the president directed him to make the payment to Daniels in October 2016 to prevent her allegations that she had an affair with Trump in 2006 from going public.

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  • The lunatic democRAT swamp rats and the lunatic liberals think they will find Russian collusion in his tax returns.. they think they will find that he hadn't paid his taxes... They are extemely STUPD AND FILLED WITH HATE... President Trump probably pays MORE in taxes in a year than they will in a lifetime... At the end of the year, like everyone else, he files his taxes and claims the deductions he is allowed to reduce what more he has to pay... The lunatic liberals, democRAT swamp rats I'm sure file their taxes at the end of the year taking all the deductions they can ... WHY do they think it is bad if President Trump does the same thing.. HE has EVERY right to take the deductions he is allowed..
    HIS tax returns are NO ONE'S business... NO ONE has the right to see them... HOW MANY OF YOU Liberals are willing to give up YOUR tax returns for the country to see... Let's see how many of YOU committed fraud..didn't pay your taxes...
    If President Trump cheated on his tax returns. the IRS would be all over him to get the money he owes... same with the State taxes.. Whoever handles the state taxes when they come in would go after him if he didn't pay what he owed... But the Lunatic liberals are so extremely crazy they think they should see them...
    There is NO law that says Trump has to release his tax returns to be president.. I think it's stupid to have to turn them over to anyone... He had to file a financial statement when he ran and they show more

  • The lunatic democRAT swamp rats and the lunatic liberals think they will find Russian collusion in his tax returns.. they think they will find that he hadn't paid his taxes... They are extemely STUPD AND FILLED WITH HATE... President Trump probably pays MORE in taxes in a year than they will in a lifetime... At the end of the year, like everyone else, he files his taxes and claims the deductions he is allowed to reduce what more he has to pay... The lunatic liberals, democRAT swamp rats I'm sure file their taxes at the end of the year taking all the deductions they can ... WHY do they think it is bad if President Trump does the same thing.. HE has EVERY right to take the deductions he is allowed..
    HIS tax returns are NO ONE'S business... NO ONE has the right to see them... HOW MANY OF YOU Liberals are willing to give up YOUR tax returns for the country to see... Let's see how many of YOU committed fraud..didn't pay your taxes...
    If President Trump cheated on his tax returns. the IRS would be all over him to get the money he owes... same with the State taxes.. Whoever handles the state taxes when they come in would go after him if he didn't pay what he owed... But the Lunatic liberals are so extremely crazy they think they should see them...
    There is NO law that says Trump has to release his tax returns to be president.. I think it's stupid to have to turn them over to anyone... He had to file a financial statement when he ran and they show more

  • When ALL DEM RATS show THEIR TAX returns for all years in OFFICE then our PRESIDENT may be show his but not before!!!!!!!

  • You know that if the Manhattan DA gets his hands on Trump's tax returns, they will be leaked to the DNC & the Lame Stream Media within a day or so. This is why everyone's tax returns are supposed to be a private contract between the person & the taxing agency. The DA,, DNC, & Media are just fishing to find something to embarrass Trump in an election year.

    Does anyone actually think that IF Trump did make hush money payments to women, that he would claim it (them) as a deduction on his tax return? Besides, celebrities & rich business people make payments with NDAs to false accusers, as it is the fastest way & cheapest way to get them to stop making accusations instead of going through a long trial & paying huge legal fees. Even Bill Clinton did it. It is an unfortunate part of the life of a rich person as there are always people trying to get a payday from them.

  • Sitting Presidents may not be sued because they'd be in court every day if the opposition wanted them to be. keeping the President from fulfilling the duties enumerated by the US Constitution. These judges have politicized and weaponized their benches and are actually obstructing justice when they try to get Trump to release his tax returns. These judges should be disbarred.

  • We need Obama's Pelosi's Schumer Waters Schiff Nadlers all their tax returns as why are they sooooo rich and Bidens, Romney, Kerry's and the rest of all the Dems tax returns!!!!!!!!!!!!!they all have been in Washington toooo long how did they get soooo rich
    Our President was never in politics for 21/2 years what are we looking for Our President
    did not steal from the tax paying persons like the rest he did not get millions from China or Ukraine like Bidens son Oh but he was the son of the Vice President flying on our dime
    Let us get real here go find the other tax returns for the past 10 years they have been living off the American citizens not Our President. You all are creating a civil war get it
    we are tired of the Dems nonsense go after the real offenders!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • We need Obama's Pelosi's Schumer Waters Schiff Nadlers all their tax returns as why are they sooooo rich and Bidens, Romney, Kerry's and the rest of all the Dems tax returns!!!!!!!!!!!!!they all have been in Washington toooo long how did they get soooo rich
    Our President was never in politics for 21/2 years what are we looking for Our President
    did not steal from the tax paying persons like the rest he did not get millions from China or Ukraine like Bidens son Oh but he was the son of the Vice President flying on our dime
    Let us get real here go find the other tax returns for the past 10 years they have been living off the American citizens not Our President. You all are creating a civil war get it
    we are tired of the Dems nonsense go after the real offenders!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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