A federal judge on Monday morning rejected President Donald Trump’s challenge to the release of his tax returns for a New York state criminal investigation. Trump, through his lawyers, argued that sitting presidents are immune from criminal investigations.
Federal Judge Victor Marrero rejected Trump’s argument saying that he cannot endorse such a “categorical and limitless assertion of presidential immunity from judicial process.”
The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office is seeking the returns as part of the office’s investigation of the Trump Organization’s involvement in paying two women to remain silent on their claims of having had affairs with the president.
Marrero’s ruling allows the DA’s office to subpoena eight years of Trump’s personal and corporate tax returns. However, the ruling does not mean that the president’s returns will be turned over immediately. Trump’s lawyers have already appealed to the ruling, and the appeals court agreed to temporarily block the order.