President Donald Trump on Monday insisted that a grand jury subpoena for his tax returns was overly broad and issued in bad faith and that as president he deserves extra protection from what he called harassment by Manhattan’s district attorney.
In court papers, Trump urged the Manhattan federal court to reject District Attorney Cyrus Vance’s motion to dismiss his lawsuit challenging the subpoena, which covers eight years of his personal and corporate tax records.
Trump’s lawyers argue the subpoena is too broad because Vance’s probe concerns hush-money payments made in 2016 by the president’s former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen, and “not some murky inquiry into broader financial practices.”
Vance’s prosecutors have argued to federal Judge Victor Marrero that Trump’s suit opposing the subpoena “merely serves to delay the grand jury’s investigation.”
The prosecutors in court filings have said, “Every day that goes by is another day Plaintiff effectively achieves the ‘temporary absolute immunity’ that was rejected by this Court, the Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court.”
The DA’s office also argued that further delay increases the chance of loss of evidence and of the expiration of the statute of limitations for certain crimes.