For years now, Democrats and lawmakers have been trying to get President Trump’s tax returns. But as expected, they’ve encountered numerous legal hurdles.
Though many claim there’s good reason to have access to Trump’s tax information, Republicans say the ongoing investigation is a waste of time and money.
And now, the investigation has stalled yet again.
This means Democrats will have to wait longer to see those tax returns, which they’re hoping will assist their efforts in the upcoming November election.
Currently, the President’s lawyers are fighting a subpoena seeking Donald’s tax records — however, a New York prosecutor wanted immediate access to those returns.
Well, the prosecutor walked away empty-handed after a federal appeals court blocked him.
A federal appeals court on Tuesday blocked a New York prosecutor from obtaining Donald Trump’s tax returns while the president’s lawyers continue to fight a subpoena seeking the records. The three-judge panel ruled after hearing brief arguments from both sides.
Initially, a lower-court ruling granted Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.’s office access to the President’s tax info.
During the federal appeals court proceedings, a lawyer for Vance’s office argued that more delays would just slow things down.
On the flip side, Trump’s lawyers demanded that delay. Said one of the President’s attorneys, William Consovoy:
The question at this juncture is quite simple but also quite important.
Will the president be given an opportunity to appeal that ruling before his personal records are disclosed to the grand jury and the status quo is irrevocably changed?
The court decided to side with Consovoy and Trump’s team. Next, they’ll consider the merits of Trump’s latest appeal on September 25.
This means the matter should finally be closed before the presidential election kicks off in the fall.
The President frequently slams Democrat leaders for constantly trying to snag his records. He once called it a “continuation of the most disgusting witch hunt in the history of our country.”
Consovoy echoed these sentiments, dubbing the tax return quest “an arbitrary fishing expedition.”
It has been an up-and-down battle for both sides. Last month, the Supreme Court ruled that Trump’s presidency doesn’t protect him from Vance’s investigation.
But then, the court returned the case to the U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero’s courtroom, so Trump’s lawyers could further argue the subpoena.
Will the public see Donald Trump’s tax returns soon? And if so, will that have any impact on the November election?
- A federal appeals court blocked a NY prosecutor from obtaining Donald Trump’s tax returns.
- Trump’s lawyers argued that the President needed the opportunity to appeal the ruling before his records went public.
- The final ruling may come on September 25, which means the issue might be concluded before the presidential election.