Trump wins delay in New York court fight over producing his tax returns

As a result of the stay, Mazars USA, the president’s tax preparer, doesn’t have to hand over the documents by 1 p.m. Monday, as was required. A panel of appellate judges will hear the case on an expedited basis and then issue a ruling.

Earlier Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Victor Marrero tossed the lawsuit Trump’s legal team had brought against District Attorney Cyrus Vance that argued Vance should not receive Trump’s tax returns because “‘[v]irtually all legal commenters agree’ that a sitting President of the United States is not ‘subject to the criminal process’ while he is in office.”

“The president asserts an extraordinary claim in the dispute now before this court,” the Manhattan federal court judge wrote, later adding, “This Court cannot endorse such a categorical and limitless assertion of presidential immunity from” the judicial process.

In response to Trump asserting that not only he but his family, businesses and associates were immune from producing documents, Marrero ruled that presidents, their families and businesses were not above the law. Marrero called the president’s argument “repugnant to the nation’s governmental structure and constitutional values.”

The New York battle represents just one prong of Trump’s multi-state effort to keep his tax records private. In Washington, D.C., the president is currently suing to stop Congress from being able to access his state tax returns through a recently signed New York law. And his Treasury Department is currently fighting the House Ways and Means Committee to prevent the release of the president’s tax information to that panel.

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