Donald Trump’s attempt to stop New York prosecutors from obtaining his tax returns and other financial records has been denied by U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero on Thursday.
According to NBC News, “Marrero had rejected Trump’s initial attempt to block a subpoena from [Manhattan District Attorney Cy] Vance seeking eight years of his tax returns.”
In his 103-page ruling, Marrero rejected Trump’s new argument that Vance’s subpoena is “wildly broad” and was issued in “bad faith.”
“At its core, it amounts to absolute immunity through a back door, an entry point through which not only a President but also potentially other persons and entities, public and private, could effectively gain cover from judicial process,” Marrero wrote.
While the decision moves Vance one step closer to obtaining Trump’s financial documents, the president’s lawyers instantly filed an emergency motion appealing the decision and asking for a freeze on the case.
“The President respectfully disagrees with that decision and believes there is a likelihood of reversal on appeal,” Trump’s lawyers wrote. “But what matters most at this point is that, absent a stay, the subpoena will be enforced before the President has been afforded any appellate review of his overbreadth and bad-faith claims.”