Trump loses New York court fight to keep tax returns hidden

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By Tom Winter and Allan Smith  with NBC News Politics
Image: President Donald Trump speaks to reporters in the Oval Office on Sep
President Donald Trump speaks to reporters in the Oval Office on Sept. 30, 2019.   -   Copyright  Jabin Botsford The Washington Post / Getty Images file

A federal judge Monday rejected President Donald Trump's argument that he was immune from criminal investigations as part of his bid to block a subpoena from the Manhattan district attorney seeking eight years of personal and business tax returns.

The judge, Victor Marrero, tossed the lawsuit Trump's legal team brought against District Attorney Cyrus Vance that argued Vance should not receive Trump's tax returns because "'[v]irtually all legal commenters agree' that a sitting President of the United States is not 'subject to the criminal process' while he is in office."

A grand jury subpoena for the documents was issued by the Manhattan D.A.'s office to Mazars USA, which prepares the president's tax returns, a little more than a month ago as part a probe into the Trump Organization about payments made to two women who allegedly had affairs with the president. Trump has strongly denied the affairs.

The president's attorneys have filed an emergency order of appeal.

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