NEW YORK – President Donald Trump’s efforts to stall the release of his personal and corporate taxes to a New York state grand jury is jeopardizing the criminal probe of other individuals and entities and could “kill this case," an attorney told a judge Thursday in urging fast action.
“It isn’t just about the president," attorney Carey Dunne said of an investigation by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. a week after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Vance's favor. “There are other individuals and entities who ... could end up above the law as a result of this delay."
Trump's attorney, William S. Consovoy, said the president believed there were strong arguments to be made that the subpoena was not “properly tailored" and instead copied verbatim portions of Congressional subpoenas.
“We continue to be deeply skeptical that a subpoena from New York County fortuitously is exactly the same scope and nature as two different Congressional investigations focused on federal issues," he said.
And he said Trump can still assert claims that the subpoena reflected “bad faith and harassment" a year after U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero rejected those arguments. Consovoy said claims last year related to the initiation of the investigation but now would focus solely on the subpoena.
At the conclusion of Thursday's hearing, Marrero said he would follow a schedule agreed to by both sides that calls for written submissions to be completed by mid-August.
He also expressed interest in resolving Trump's claims quickly, noting that lawyers submitted their arguments last year within six days.
Part of Vance's probe involves payments that Trump’s then-personal lawyer arranged during the 2016 presidential race to keep the porn actress Stormy Daniels and model Karen McDougal from airing claims of extramarital affairs with Trump. Trump has denied the affairs.