The United State’s president has gone to the U.S. Supreme Court to seek protection from New York prosecutors who are demanding access to his tax record of eight years.
Mr. Trump’s private lawyers are asking the Supreme Court to stop New York County District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. from obtaining the president’s tax returns for eight years on the grounds that the president has immunity from criminal investigations while in office.
However, the New York grand jury who issued the subpoena directed it to Mazars USA, an accounting firm in charge of the president’s personal finances and not the president himself. It was for this reason, the Court of Appeals dismissed the argument of Trump’s lawyer’s last week.
After the court’s verdict, one of Trump’s lawyers, Jay Sekulow, stated that they will go to the Supreme Court and request that it overturns the decision of the appeals court. “The court’s decision is wrong and should be reversed,” he said in a statement. Sekulow added that in the petition sent to the court, they asserted that the subpoena goes against what is stated in the U.S. Constitution and is therefore not enforceable. “We are hopeful that this significant constitutional case will be granted review by the Supreme Court and the dangerous and damaging verdict of the appeal court reversed,” he said.
The subpoena which was issued by Vance in August seeks records and communications related to the hush-money payments made to two women who allegedly had sexual affairs with Mr. Trump. Stormy Daniels, an adult film actress whose real name is Stephanie Clifford and former Playboy magazine model Karen McDougal claimed that they had affairs with the president but were paid to keep quiet about it shortly before the 2016 presidential campaign. Mr. Trump has since denied the allegations. However, the New York prosecutor says that if the tax records of the president are provided it could help them ascertain if Trump or his employees at any time falsified business records to cover up the payments made to the women.