A judge that was appointed by Bill Clinton has ordered President Trump to turn over 8 years of tax returns, ostensibly over an investigation into the paying off of Stormy Daniels. Making such a payment is not illegal and even if it was, it would not require 8 years of tax forms. The request was made by shady NY DA Cy Vance and the ruling was made by U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero, a Clinton appointee. House Democrats have been trying to get Trump’s tax returns so they can go on a fishing expedition. Failing that they turned to NY and California. California failed but Marrero may have given them a victory unless Trump appeals.
A federal judge on Monday said U.S. President Donald Trump must hand over eight years of tax returns to Manhattan prosecutors, forcefully rejecting the president’s argument that he was immune from criminal investigations.
The decision by, U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero in Manhattan, further complicates Trump’s battle to keep his finances under wraps, despite having promised during his 2016 White House run that he would disclose his tax returns.
Trump’s immunity claim was “repugnant to the nation’s governmental structure and constitutional values,” Marrero wrote. “The court cannot square a vision of presidential immunity that would place the President above the law.”
The president quickly appealed the decision to the federal appeals court in Manhattan, which in a brief order temporarily halted enforcement of the subpoena by Cyrus Vance, the Manhattan district attorney.
Vance, a Democrat, had subpoenaed personal and corporate tax returns from 2011 to 2018 and other records from Trump’s longtime accounting firm Mazars USA, as part of a criminal probe into the president and his family business.
“The Radical Left Democrats have failed on all fronts, so now they are pushing local New York City and State Democrat prosecutors to go get President Trump,” Trump, a Republican, tweeted after Marrero’s decision. “A thing like this has never happened to any President before. Not even close!”