Trump just petitioned the Supreme Court to shield his tax returns from prosecutors, testing separation of powers

Associated PressPresident Donald Trump leaving the White House on Thursday for a campaign rally in Louisiana.
  • President Donald Trump’s personal lawyers have filed a petition to the Supreme Court, potentially setting up a showdown between the two branches of government and putting the “separation of powers” precedent to the test.
  • The filing lists Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. as the respondent; Vance is attempting to enforce a grand-jury subpoena to obtain eight years of Trump’s tax records.
  • The petition, which was obtained by The Washington Post, argues that Trump is protected under “presidential immunity.” Vance has rejected the president’s claim to immunity in the investigation, saying the president is attempting to “invent and enforce a new presidential ‘tax return privilege.'”
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President Donald Trump on Thursday asked the Supreme Court to shield his tax returns from investigation by state prosecutors.

Trump’s personal lawyers filed a petition to the Supreme Court, potentially setting up a showdown between the two branches of government.

The filing lists Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. as the respondent; Vance is attempting to enforce a grand-jury subpoena to obtain eight years of Trump’s tax records.

The petition, which was obtained by the Washington Post, argues that Trump is protected under “presidential immunity” from state criminal investigations.

Thursday’s petition also describes the subpoena as “highly intrusive to the president, as it seeks nearly a decade of his sensitive financial records.”

“Politically motivated subpoenas like this one are a perfect illustration of why a sitting President should be categorically immune from state criminal process,” the petition said.

Vance has rejected the president’s claim to immunity in the investigation, saying in court filings cited by The Post that the president is attempting to “invent and enforce a new presidential ‘tax return privilege'” but that “no such privilege exists in the law.”

The request is part of the Manhattan district attorney’s investigation into 2016 payments made to women who have claimed to have had affairs with Trump. The president has denied any wrongdoing and has denied having affairs with those women.

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