A federal judge has ordered Donald Trump to turn over eight years of his tax returns to the Manhattan District Attorney, ruling that the argument that sitting presidents can’t be the subject of criminal investigations is “repugnant to the nation’s governmental structure and constitutional values.”
A federal judge on Monday rejected a bold argument from President Trump that sitting presidents are immune from criminal investigations, a ruling that allowed the Manhattan district attorney’s office to move forward with a subpoena seeking eight years of the president’s personal and corporate tax returns.
Lawyers for Mr. Trump quickly told the court they would appeal the ruling from Judge Victor Marrero of Manhattan federal court. An appeal is likely to mean further delays.
In a 75-page ruling, Judge Marrero called the president’s argument “repugnant to the nation’s governmental structure and constitutional values.” Presidents, their families and businesses are not above the law, the judge wrote.
You can bet that Trump will rage against this judge, especially because he was born in Puerto Rico. In Trump’s bigoted mind, that makes him less than a “real American.” Judge Marrero is also well known for having overturned some provisions of the Patriot Act. You can read his full ruling here.