Trump sues Manhattan D.A. seeking to block subpoena of tax returns

Trump sues Manhattan D.A. seeking to block subpoena of tax returns

A federal judge said on Thursday that he will order a temporary injunction against California's law requiring presidential candidates to provide their tax returns in order to appear on the state's ballot.

Mazars earlier this week confirmed it had received a subpoena from NY prosecutors seeking years of Mr. Trump's personal and corporate tax returns.

News of the temporary injunction comes the same day Trump launched a new lawsuit against his long-time accounting firm Mazars USA and NY district attorney Cyrus Vance to attempt to stop his accounting records and tax returns from being sent to the local prosecutor, arguing he can't be prosecuted while in the White House. "We look forward to the court's written order".

Vance, a Democrat and longtime Trump critic, is also pursuing a criminal mortgage fraud case against Paul Manafort, a former Trump campaign chairman.

Trump attorney Marc Mukasey told Fox News that "We are in court to protect the President's rights and the Constitution".

Trump is represented by private lawyers in the suit - and not the Justice Department.

Vance also in early August used a grand jury in NY to subpoena Trump's business for records related to him.

"We are encouraged that the federal court tentatively concluded that a preliminary injunction should be granted", said Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow, per Politico.

"Mazars USA will respect the legal process and fully comply with its legal obligations".

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The firm said it believes strongly in ethical and professional rules and regulations governing the accounting industry and does not comment on work it does for clients.

The investigation centers around Trump's former personal attorney and "fixer", Michael Cohen, who admitted to making the payments to buy the silence of the women before the 2016 election.

Vance's office is investigating the Trump Organization's handling of hush money payments made to two women who alleged extramarital affairs with Trump in the lead up to the 2016 presidential election. Trump reimbursed $130,000 to Cohen, who is now serving a three-year sentence for campaign-finance violations over the Clifford payment.

A lawyer for the state of California, Peter Chang, argued the law was valid because it applies to all candidates.

Trump also sued to block the NY law, and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has refused to hand Trump's returns over to the Ways and Means Committee.

Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the law aimed at forcing President Donald Trump to reveal his tax returns.

Falsifying business records can be a crime under state law.

The president's lawsuit in July also claimed that the new law was "unconstitutional" and "violates the First Amendment", saying it was enacted "to discriminate and retaliate against President Trump for his speech and politics".

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