FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, file photo, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance speaks during a discussion in Salt Lake City. President Donald Trump is asking a federal judge to block an effort by New York prosecutors to obtain his tax returns. Trump's attorneys filed a lawsuit Thursday in U.S. District Court in New York. Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow says the lawsuit is intended "to address the significant constitutional issues at stake in this case." Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. recently subpoenaed Trump's accounting firm for eight years of his state and federal tax returns. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Prosecutor says Trump wants 'sweeping immunity' in tax fight

September 23, 2019 - 4:43 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Manhattan's district attorney urged a judge Monday to reject President Donald Trump's effort to block prosecutors from obtaining his tax returns, saying the president wants "sweeping immunity."

District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. filed papers in federal court after Trump's attorneys sued last week to stop Vance from forcing the president's accounting firm to release eight years of his state and federal returns in a criminal probe.

Vance urged a judge to reject Trump's request for a temporary order blocking Vance's subpoena for the records in a probe of payments made to two women who claimed to have had affairs with Trump. He also asked U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero to dismiss the lawsuit.

Vance said Trump was asserting the "remarkable proposition" that a sitting president not only enjoys blanket immunity from criminal prosecution, but also isn't required to submit to any routine grand jury request for information about what he, his businesses or employees did before he took office.

"The law provides no such sweeping immunity," the court papers said.

"Here, the question is not whether a state prosecutor can indict a sitting President," the papers said. "Instead, the issue is whether a third party, having been duly served with a state grand jury subpoena seeking the books and records of a number of individuals and corporate entities, including those of the President, must comply with the subpoena."

Trump's lawyers have called the subpoena requests by Vance, a Democrat, a "bad faith effort to harass" Trump.

Trump's lawyers say records shouldn't be released until Trump leaves office.

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