Trumps Tax Release Requested To Be Blocked with Supreme Court
The release of Trumps tax return may not happen as the President has filed an emergency request with the Supreme Court to block it.
According to CBS, The request comes as the Senate is holding confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett, the president’s nominee to the Supreme Court.
Federal appeals court ruled last week for Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance the ability to enforce a subpoena for Mr. Trump’s tax returns and business records. a blow to the president as he tries to keep those returns from a grand jury.
The president’s attorneys are requesting the Supreme Court to grant a stay, to hear the case and overturn the lower court’s decision.
“The president should have a fair chance to develop his serious overbreadth and bad-faith claims before his records are disclosed,” the president’s attorneys write. “The court should preserve the status quo in order to afford the president that opportunity.”
The New York Times has obtained years’ worth of the president’s tax returns, showing he only paid $750 in U.S. taxes during 2016 and 2017.
The president claimed before the 2016 election that he would release his tax returns, but has never done so, claiming his returns are still under audit.
According to The Hill, Vance’s office is looking into payments made to silence two women who allege they had affairs with Trump, including adult-film star Stormy Daniels. Trump’s former attorney and fixer, Michael Cohen, who pleaded guilty to bank fraud, tax fraud and campaign law violations, has said the payments were made in order to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.
They also noted that, Vance’s office hinted earlier this month that its subpoena is part of an investigation into “possibly extensive and protracted criminal conduct at the Trump Organization,” including potential fraud allegations detailed in media reports in recent years.