A Judge Ruled Eight Years Of Trump's Tax Returns Must Be Turned Over To A Grand Jury

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The president has already filed an appeal.

ByZoe Tillman

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s accountants must turn over eight years of the president’s tax returns to a grand jury in New York, a federal judge ruled Monday. Trump immediately appealed.

US District Judge Victor Marrero dismissed Trump’s lawsuit challenging a grand jury subpoena issued by New York District Attorney Cyrus Vance. He wrote that Trump’s argument for complete presidential immunity from a criminal investigation was “repugnant to the nation’s governmental structure and constitutional value.”

“Bared to its core, the proposition the president advances reduces to the very notion that the founders rejected at the inception of the republic, and that the Supreme Court has since unequivocally repudiated: that a constitutional domain exists in this country in which not only the president, but, derivatively, relatives and persons and business entities associated with him in potentially unlawful private activities, are in fact above the law,” Marrero wrote.

The district attorney’s office had agreed not to enforce the subpoena until noon on Monday while the two sides waited for the judge to rule. Trump’s lawyers appealed Marrero’s decision to the US Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit immediately after the ruling came down Monday morning.

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