Trump Must Turn Over Financial Records to District Attorney, District Judge Rules

Elliot Setzer
Thursday, August 20, 2020, 11:48 AM

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A federal judge on Aug. 20 threw out President Trump’s effort to block the Manhattan district attorney from subpoenaing his financial records.

U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero rejected the president’s argument that district attorney Cyrus Vance’s grand jury subpoena was overbroad and issued in bad faith. The judge claimed that the argument “amounts to absolute immunity through a back door.”

On July 9, the Supreme Court in Vance v. Trump rejected the president’s position that he was absolutely immune from a subpoena issued by the Manhattan District Attorney to a third party in possession of his financial records. The court sent the case back down to the lower courts for further proceedings in light of the decision. On July 27 Trump submitted an amended complaint arguing that the subpoena is invalid, and Vance responded on Aug. 3 with a motion to dismiss on the grounds that Trump had failed to state a claim.

You can read the decision here and below:

Elliot Setzer is a Knight-Hennessy Scholar at Stanford Law School and a Ph.D student at Yale University. He previously worked at Lawfare and the Brookings Institution.

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