President Donald Trump answers questions from the news media in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, September 11, 2019.
Leah Millis | Reuters
President Donald Trump asked the Supreme Court on Tuesday to block lower court decisions that would give the Manhattan District Attorney’s office access to years of his income tax returns.
Trump asked the Supreme Court to issue a stay on a grand jury subpoena demanding those returns from his accountants. The request is pending the filing of his planned request that the high court hear his appeal of the lower court rulings that allowed that subpoena.
If the Supreme Court agrees to hear his appeal, it will be the second time the court has taken the case.
The high court last summer rejected Trump’s argument that his tax returns and other financial records from the Mazars USA firm should be protected from the subpoena because of his status as president.
But the Supreme Court said Trump could make new arguments against the subpoeana with a federal district court in Manhattan.
A judge in that court ruled against the president after Trump’s lawyers argued that the subpoena was overbroad and issued in bad faith.
A federal appeals court then upheld that ruling.
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