Manhattan DA, Trump lawyers strike deal that could fast-track Trump taxes fight to SCOTUS

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Trump’s lawyers agreed that if they lose a court battle scheduled for argument at the New York-based 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday, they will take no more than 10 days to petition the Supreme Court to hear the case.

In exchange for Trump’s agreement to keep the legal fight moving at a brisk pace, lawyers from Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.’s office agreed to hold off trying to enforce a grand jury subpoena issued to one of Trump’s accounting firms in August. The investigation relates to the Trump Organization’s role in alleged hush money payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels, as well as other matters.

The justices are under no obligation to hear the case or to schedule it as the parties request. However, a request from a sitting president would likely get close attention from the high court. While a case heard by the Supreme Court this term would likely be decided by June, a case heard in the following term would almost certainly not be decided until after the election.

Trump filed suit in federal district court in New York last month in a bid to block the grand jury subpoena. The judge assigned to the case dismissed the suit, ruling that he had no jurisdiction to intervene in a state court proceeding.

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