Fight over Trump’s tax returns gets one step closer to SCOTUS

The legal fight over whether or not President Donald Trump will have to turn over his tax records — along with a broader constitutional fight over presidential powers — has taken a big step closer to being decided by the highest court in the land.

On Monday, a three-judge panel of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Trump’s accounting firm must turn over years of his tax records to an investigation being conducted by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.

The president’s attorneys argued last month that the president is not subject to such criminal proceedings while in office. 

“The Framers recognized the need for a strong Chief Executive and created a process for investigating and removing him (in) a manner that would embody the will of the people. A lone county prosecutor cannot circumvent this arrangement,” one of the president’s attorneys wrote. 

“That the Constitution empowers thousands of state and local prosecutors to embroil the President in criminal proceedings is unimaginable.”

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