Lawyers for President Trump argue that the president is immune from all criminal investigations in a new federal lawsuit seeking to block New York prosecutors from obtaining his tax returns.
Department of Justice guidelines say a president cannot be prosecuted while in office, as former special counsel Robert Mueller made clear.
But Trump’s personal attorneys are now going well beyond that by arguing that he also cannot be “investigated … or otherwise subjected to the criminal process.”.
Mueller also said in May that the DOJ “explicitly permits” the investigation of a sitting president.
Vance subpoenaed Trump’s tax returns as part of his investigation into Trump’s role in hush money payments made to porn star Stormy Daniels.
Vance previously subpoenaed the Trump Organization, but after Trump’s lawyers resisted, the DA issued a subpoena to Trump’s accounting firm, Mazars.
After Vance’s subpoena, Mazars said in a statement that it will “respect the legal process and fully comply with its legal obligations. »