President TrumpDonald John TrumpIvanka Trump pitches Goya Foods products on Twitter Sessions defends recusal: ‘I leave elected office with my integrity intact’ Former White House physician Ronny Jackson wins Texas runoff MORE intends to fight a subpoena for his tax returns and financial records from the Manhattan district attorney after the Supreme Court rejected his claim that he’s immune to criminal investigation, the president’s lawyers told a judge on Wednesday.
In a status report filed with a federal district court in New York, Trump’s legal team said it has other objections to the district attorney’s subpoena aside from the one struck down by the Supreme Court earlier this month.
The move will surely draw out the proceedings in the lower court, and the president’s attorneys made clear that they intend to raise issues about whether District Attorney Cyrus Vance’s subpoenas are overly broad or relevant to legitimate investigation. They argued that the case requires the two parties to develop a more thorough factual record.
“The President should not be required, for example, to litigate the subpoena’s breadth or whether it was issued in bad faith without understanding the nature and scope of the investigation and why the District Attorney needs all of the documents he has demanded,” Trump’s lawyers wrote.
The Supreme Court ruled 7-2 this month that the president does not have absolute immunity to investigative subpoenas like the one issued by Vance.
“In our judicial system, ‘the public has a right to every man’s evidence,’” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the majority decision. “Since the earliest days of the Republic, ‘every man’ has included the President of the United States.”
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