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Trump continues legal fight to conceal finances

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U.S. President Donald Trump walks to board Marine One to depart from the White House for a rally in Ohio, in Washington, D.C. Jan. 9, 2020. (Photo by Ting Shen/Xinhua)

WASHINGTON (Xinhua) – Lawyers for US President Donald Trump said Wednesday the president will continue his fight to shield his tax returns and financial records from a federal prosecutor who subpoenaed them, days after the Supreme Court ruled the president is not entirely immune to criminal investigation.

In a status report filed to a Manhattan federal judge overseeing the case, Trump’s lawyers said they planned to argue that the subpoena issued by Cyrus Vance, the Manhattan district attorney, seeking eight years of Trump’s personal and corporate tax returns in a criminal probe, is too broad and politically motivated.

“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,” the lawyers wrote to Victor Marrero, the judge who scheduled a hearing for Thursday.

The new filing came less than a week after the Supreme Court ruled 7-2 to reject the president’s claim that he has absolute immunity to investigative subpoenas such as the one issued by Vance, a Democrat.

Trump’s lawyers noted in the Wednesday filing that the Supreme Court in its ruling said Trump may argue that the subpoena seeks too much information, or intends to impede the president’s constitutional duties or harass, manipulate or retaliate against him.

Lawyers for Vance’s office, for their part, said in a joint filing Wednesday that Trump’s lawyers – who argued that the case requires a more thorough factual record – are demanding beyond what they are allowed.

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