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Trump questions Manhattan DA investigation prompting tax return subpoena

Added 08-10-20 12:58:02pm EST - “President Trump's legal team on Monday questioned the Manhattan district attorney's suggestion last week that it is pursuing a broad investigation into "possibly extensive and protracted criminal conduct at the Trump Organization."” - Thehill.com

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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump suggests some states may 'pay nothing' as part of unemployment plan Trump denies White House asked about adding him to Mount Rushmore Trump, US face pivotal UN vote on Iran MORE's legal team on Monday questioned the Manhattan district attorney's suggestion last week that it is pursuing a broad investigation into "possibly extensive and protracted criminal conduct at the Trump Organization."

In their latest court filing challenging a subpoena for the president's tax returns, Trump's lawyers pushed back after the New York prosecutor last week cited a trio of news articles detailing alleged fraud at Trump's businesses as a justification for the investigation.

Trump is arguing that the subpoena is overly broad and intended to illegally "harass" the president, while the district attorney's office is asking a federal judge to dismiss Trump's latest legal challenge against the subpoena.

"At no point — in this motion or in any public filing — has the District Attorney ever claimed that the topics discussed in these reports were the impetus for his investigation or are otherwise related to it," Trump's lawyers wrote on Monday. "Lobbing incendiary articles into the record may be sufficient to trigger a breathless news cycle, but such misdirection falls woefully short of what is needed for dismissal. If anything, it shows that the District Attorney is still fishing for a way to justify his harassment of the President."

Trump is raising new legal objections to the subpoena, which is seeking eight years of tax returns and other financial documents from his accounting firm, after the Supreme Court rejected his argument that the president has special immunity from state grand jury investigations.

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