Read time: 1 minute

Appeals Court Rules That Trump Must Turn Over Tax Returns

But the court ducked the question of whether Trump's claim of "absolute immunity" applies.

Another day, another defeat in the courts for Donald Trump, this time around the question of whether his accounting firm has to turn over 8 years of tax returns for Trump individually and his business. The Second Circuit Court of Appeals rejected his arguments (and those of the DOJ on his behalf) and ordered the tax returns to be turned over to Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance.

This was the case where Trump argued that he enjoys "absolute immunity" while in office, an argument the lower court called "repugnant to the nation's governmental structure and constitutional values."

The 3-judge panel declined to rule on that issue at all, ruling instead that Mazars, Inc was subpoenaed for the documents, not Donald Trump, and therefore they don't even have to address that argument.

“We emphasize again the narrowness of the issue before us,” the judges wrote. “This appeal does not require us to consider whether the president is immune from indictment and prosecution while in office, nor to consider whether the president may lawfully be ordered to produce documents for use in a state criminal proceeding.”

Next stop: The Supreme Court. And now we will see if the Gorsuch and Kavanaugh appointments have paid off for Donald Trump. It seems clear the appellate court is trying to cut off the question of "absolute immunity" at the pass.

Winter Donation Drive

For 16 years we have been exposing Washington lies and untangling media deceit. We work 7 days a week, 16 hours a day for our labor of love, but with rising hosting and associated costs, we need your help! Could you donate $20 for 2020? Please consider a one time or recurring donation of whatever amount you can spare. It will be greatly appreciated and help us continue our mission of exposing the real FAKE NEWS!

Via PayPal:
Or mail checks to:
PO BOX 66310
Los Angeles, CA 90066

More C&L Coverage


We welcome relevant, respectful comments. Any comments that are sexist or in any other way deemed hateful by our staff will be deleted and constitute grounds for a ban from posting on the site. Please refer to our Terms of Service (revised 3/17/2016) for information on our posting policy.