US President Donald Trump a insisted in court documents that a summons to appear before a grand jury over his tax returns was “excessive” and issued “in bad faith.”
Trump reiterated the argument on Monday in his latest court case challenging the eight-year subpoena of his personal and business tax records.
The filing in Manhattan federal court was in response to a motion by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance to promptly dismiss the new challenge to the subpoena.
The dispute was already the subject of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last month that the president was not immune from state criminal investigations.
The grand jury deliberations are under wraps and the public may not learn what the summons reveals until the November 3 election.
But Monday, Assetlawyers of his former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen.
“The president is plausibly alleging that the grand jury investigation is about certain payments made in 2016 – not a murky investigation into broader financial practices,” Trump’s lawyers said.
Last week, Vance said in his newspapers that it was a “false premise” that the investigation was limited to covert payments.
Rather, Vance hinted, it is part of an investigation into “potentially widespread and prolonged criminal conduct within the Trump organization,” including allegations of insurance and banking fraud.
Cohen pleaded guilty in 2018 to campaign violations related to payments to pornographic actress Stormy Daniels and former model Karen McDougal, who said they had relations with Trump, which he denies.