Not a good morning for Donald Trump, as a New York federal judge ruled on Monday that the Manhattan District Attorney could subpoena eight years worth of Trump’s personal and corporate tax returns. This is the third time that this issue has been adjudicated by a court. Axios:

Why it matters: The case involved an untested legal argument from Trump’s lawyers, which posited that the Constitution protects presidents from criminal investigations while in office.

  • The president’s legal team is expected to appeal the decision.

The big picture, via Axios’ Zach Basu: Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance’s office subpoenaed Trump’s tax returns last month as part of its investigation into hush money payments made to Stormy Daniels during the 2016 election.

  • A federal investigation into the payments resulted in Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen pleading guilty to campaign finance violations, and it “effectively concluded” in July with no further charges.

  • Vance’s office opened a new investigation last month into whether the Trump Organization falsely listed its reimbursement of Cohen for the $130,000 payment to Daniels as a legal expense, which would be illegal under New York law.

Wonder what Trump is going to do now to block release of his tax returns information? And isn’t the timing of this interesting, with another Ukraine whistle blower showing up on the scene, possibly multiple whistle blowers, and the furor over Trump’s announcement that he’s withdrawing troops from Syria? I don’t know how Trump does it. Granted, he lives in an alternate reality from the rest of us, but even so, he’s got to recognize that things are totally out of control at some point.

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Tin woman1
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And the dominoes continue falling.

P J Evans
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You can download the decision here (75-page PDF):
http://fm.cnbc.com/applications/cnbc.com/resources/editorialfiles/2019/10/07/Mazars.pdf
And of course Himself’s lawyers are appealing. (The deadline for that is in two hours.)

Joseph
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I’d like for Trump’s lawyers to point out EXACTLY where in the Constitution it states that “the President is immune from criminal investigations while in office.” If the Constitution protects the President, then it should be in it.

It’s not.

Denis Elliott
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All those conservatives who’ve spent decades spouting their “plain text reading” interpretation of the Constitution, who claim if it’s not spelled out in black & white text then it (some right and/or concept) doesn’t exist are awfully goddamned quiet lately.

Markm Mitchell
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Tick – tock, America.

Markm Mitchell
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When Trump and Pence are impeached, America will no longer be the dominant country on the world stage.