President Trump’s legal team is cooking up new objections to a subpoena for his tax returns and other financial documents filed by New York District Attorney Cyrus Vance, despite the Supreme Court rejecting his claim last week that he’s immune to criminal investigation.
On Wednesday, attorneys for the president filed a status report with a federal district court in New York, making it clear they intend to raise other objections – possibly including whether Vance’s subpoena is overly broad or relevant to a legitimate investigation, according to The Hill.
“The President should not be required, for example, to litigate the subpoena’s breadth or whether it was issued in bad faith without understanding the nature and scope of the investigation and why the District Attorney needs all of the documents he has demanded,” reads the Wednesday filing.
The Supreme Court ruled 7-2 this month that the president does not have absolute immunity to investigative subpoenas like the one issued by Vance.
“In our judicial system, ‘the public has a right to every man’s evidence,’” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the majority decision. “Since the earliest days of the Republic, ‘every man’ has included the President of the United States.”
Roberts also wrote that a “President may avail himself of the same protections available to every other citizen, including the right to challenge the subpoena on any grounds permitted by state law, which usually include bad faith and undue burden or breadth.” –The Hill
Another possible objection Trump’s team could raise is that a specific subpoena is intended to influence his official actions, or that compliance with said order could interfere with his official duties as president, the Supreme Court ruled – grounds that aren’t available to regular citizens.
The next status conference in the case is scheduled for Thursday.