Donald Trump launches lawsuit to keep his tax records private

President Donald Trump has filed a lawsuit against Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance thanks to his decision to subpoena the alleged “hush money” payments that were paid to adult entertainer Stormy Daniels, according to The DailyMail.

“… Vance’s office subpoenaed Trump’s longtime accounting firm Mazars for eight years of his personal and corporate tax returns,” the DailyMail reported. “The president has refused to disclose his tax returns, after promising during his 2016 White House run that he would.”

Trump attorney Jay Sekulow said in a statement that the suit was filed “in response to the subpoenas issued by the New York County District Attorney,’ to address ‘the significant constitutional issues at stake in this case.”

The complaint was filed in Manhattan federal court but was not available for review in its online records, and Vance’s office did not immediately respond to the DailyMail’s requests for comment.

Both Vance and Mazars were named as defendants in Trump’s Thursday suit and the president told the DailyMail that he had no idea why his hometown would make such a move, according to the publication.

“Vance office sent a subpoena to Trump’s accounting firm seeking the last eight years of state and federal tax returns for Trump and his company, the Trump Organization,” the DailyMail reported.

“Vance, a Democrat, also subpoenaed the Trump Organization last month for records related to payments former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen helped arrange to Daniels after she claimed she had an affair with Trump.”

Mazars USA, said in their statement that it “will respect the legal process and fully comply with its legal obligations.”

Marc Mukasey, an attorney for the Trump Organization, said he is “evaluating the situation and will respond as appropriate.”

This suit came just weeks after an attorney for Deutsche Bank stood his ground and would not even divulge whether the institution has President Donald Trump’s tax returns, despite persistent questioning by a three-judge panel presiding over the president’s request to throw out the congressional subpoenas for 10 years of financial records of him and his family, according to The New York Post.

“Does the bank have the tax returns?” United States Circuit Judge Jon Newman, of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, asked Deutsche Bank lawyer Raphael Prober Friday according to the Post.

“That, unfortunately, is not a question we’re able to address,” Prober responded, beginning the back and forth questioning from the panel, who asked him the same question on multiple occasions, attempting to solicit a firm answer. Capital One lawyer James Murphy also refused to answer the question.

At one point Judge Peter Hall, who seemed exasperated, finally asked, sarcastically: “If we want an answer to that question, do we have to go to a court and seek an order?”

“If you do them, we have to worry about them,” Hall said.

Department of Justice attorney Patrick Strawbridge argued that Congress was overstepping its purview in asking for the documents, and had moved into a territory governed by law enforcement, calling this “the broadest possible subpoena ever served that targets a sitting president,” the Post reported.

“The real object does appear to be law enforcement,” Strawbridge told the panel. “I do not think they have the legitimate legislative purpose that validate these subpoenas.”

Written by Savannah Pointer.

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