Trump Loses the Latest Round in Tax Battle
(UnitedVoice.com) – President Donald Trump may have lost the latest courtroom battle over the release of his tax returns, but the war rages on with no end in sight.
US District Judge Victor Marrero rejected President Trump’s latest bid to block efforts by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. to obtain his tax return on August 20, 2020.
Vance, a Democrat, seeks access to eight years of the President’s personal and business tax returns as part of an ongoing investigation into his business practices.
NBC News and other somewhat dubious mainstream media outlets quickly posted headlines claiming that Trump “must turn over [his] tax returns.” However, things are never that simple when Leftist prosecutors take on the President and his formidable legal team.
It’s Not Over Until It’s Over
Within minutes of Judge Marrero’s ruling, Trump’s lawyers filed paperwork requesting an emergency stay barring the President’s accounting firm from turning over any documents pending an appeal.
Asked about the ruling, Trump predicted the case would end up before the Supreme Court. (Don’t forget, Trump’s lawyers already petitioned the Supreme Court over his taxes in November 2019.) Continuing, he accused the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office of conducting “a continuation of the witch hunt.”
Given Vance’s record of alleged misconduct, the President may be justified in expressing doubts about the prosecutor’s intentions.
For example, in 2018, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo directed the state’s attorney general to investigate Vance’s handling of 2015 allegations of sexual assault by now-disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein.
Vance’s failure to prosecute that case came to light after individuals close to the NYPD investigation reportedly became convinced that the DA’s office was working to undermine their efforts.
Adding to those were concerns was Vance’s 2011 decision to drop the sexual assault case against former International Monetary Fund head Dominique Strauss-Kahn in 2011.
Maybe, there isn’t anything treacherous going on in the office of the Manhattan District Attorney. But then again, maybe there is.
Either way, Trump’s tax case has not seen its last courtroom — not by a long shot.
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