Trump petitions Supreme Court to block release of his tax returns

by Adam Ford · Nov 14th, 2019 6:00 pm
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Last Updated Nov 20th, 2019 at 3:33 pm

Lawyers for President Trump filed a petition Thursday asking the Supreme Court to overturn a lower court’s ruling compelling his longtime accounting firm to turn over eight years of his tax returns to the Manhattan district attorney.

If the Supreme Court declines to hear the case, the ruling will stand, and Trump’s accountants will have to turn over his financial records.

“We have filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court seeking to overturn the Second Circuit decision regarding a subpoena issued by the New York County District Attorney,” Jay Sekulow, Trump’s lawyer, said in a statement. “The Second Circuit decision is wrong and should be reversed. In our petition, we assert that the subpoena violates the U.S. Constitution and therefore is unenforceable.”

🔦 The move represents a significant escalation in Trump’s fight to keep his tax returns private. Should the Supreme Court take the case, it will be the ultimate test of team Trump’s assertion that the president is immune from criminal investigation while in office.