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A judge has issued a temporary pause on a subpoena aimed at obtaining President Trump’s tax return in New York.
According to The Hill:
A federal judge on Wednesday issued a one-day stay of New York prosecutors’ subpoena to President Trump’s accounting firm for the president’s personal and business tax returns.
At a hearing in federal court in New York, Judge Victor Marrero, an appointee of former President Bill Clinton, told lawyers for Trump and the Manhattan district attorney’s office to see if they could reach an agreement, according to multiple media reports.
Trump last week filed a lawsuit against his accounting firm, Mazars USA, as well as Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance (D). The lawsuit challenges a subpoena Vance’s office issued late last month, as part of a grand-jury investigation, to Mazars for Trump’s tax returns and other financial information.
In court documents filed ahead of Wednesday’s hearing, Trump’s personal lawyers argued that presidents can’t be criminally investigated and prosecuted while in office, so the subpoena violates the Constitution. But the district attorney’s office disagreed, saying there is no such immunity under the law.
The DOJ has also asked for a temporary restraining order so they could determine if they will join the case or not.