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A 3-0 ruling from a panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit rejects the president’s efforts to shield his financial records.
The district court in Trump v. Vance ruled that Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance can enforce a subpoena for Trump’s tax returns. Trump immediately appealed to the Second Circuit, and Vance has agreed to delay enforcement until the appellate court rules on it.
A federal judge on Aug. 20 threw out President Trump’s effort to block the Manhattan district attorney from subpoenaing his financial records.
President Trump filed his amended complaint and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance filed his motion to dismiss.
The opinions reveal a Supreme Court grappling with the implications of the inseparable duality of the individual president and the institutional presidency.
After rejecting President Trump’s claims of absolute immunity from a subpoena from the Manhattan district attorney, the Supreme Court sent Trump v. Vance back down to the lower courts to allow Trump to raise new arguments.
The court rejected both the president’s position that he was absolutely immune from a subpoena from the New York County District Attorney’s Office and the solicitor general’s position that the subpoena should be subject to a heightened need standard.