Donald Trump on Thursday asked the Supreme Court to block a subpoena that sought his tax returns, setting up a historic constitutional battle that could land in the middle of the 2020 presidential campaign.
The president appealed a lower court’s decision that said the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus Vance, could subpoena Mr Trump’s tax returns from his accountants, Mazars USA. He asked the conservative-dominated Supreme Court, which includes two justices he appointed, to find that he has “absolute immunity” from criminal investigation.
“The Court’s previous immunity cases identified the key elements of this case — targeting a President for criminal investigation through coercive process issued by a local official — as an unresolved issue, and carefully reserved the question. The Court should decide it now,” the appeal said.
“We are hopeful that the Supreme Court will grant review in this significant constitutional case and reverse the dangerous and damaging decision of the appeals court,” said Jay Sekulow, an attorney for Mr Trump.
A spokesman for Mr Vance said the district attorney would reply in an opposition brief next week and declined to comment further.
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