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Trump’s suit to block tax return subpoena should be dismissed: DA

Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. filed a motion Monday to dismiss President Trump’s latest lawsuit trying to block the prosecutor from subpoenaing his tax returns.

In the Manhattan federal court filing, Vance’s lawyers called “baseless” the president’s claims that an investigation into his business dealings was “wildly overbroad” and done in bad faith.

The prosecutor argued that public reports of alleged “criminal activity at Plaintiff’s New York County-based Trump Organization dating back over a decade” formed valid grounds for the 2019 subpoena. Vance’s office has asked for eight years of Trump’s financial records from accounting firm Mazars USA.

It had previously been reported that part of the DA’s probe related to hush-money payments Trump’s campaign made in 2016 to porn star Stormy Daniels, who claimed she had an affair with Trump before he took office.

But the latest filing suggested a broader focus — including bank and insurance fraud.

Trump’s latest bid to block the release of his tax returns came weeks after the Supreme Court ruled Vance’s office could proceed with the subpoenas.

Trump had initially argued that a president can’t be subjected to state criminal probes while in the White House.

The Supreme Court rejected that argument but ruled that Trump could challenge the subpoena on separate grounds, which his lawyers did last month.

The attorneys wrote that the DA’s demand for “voluminous documents that relate to topics and entities far beyond the District Attorney’s limited jurisdiction” amounted to “harassment of the president.”

In Monday’s filing, Vance’s attorneys said that the president’s flurry of motions fighting the subpoena “effectively achieves the ‘temporary absolute immunity’ that was rejected by this court.”

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