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Asking Supreme Court to Shield His Tax Returns, Trump Claims He Is "Absolutely Immune" From Criminal Investigation

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"It's absolutely shocking the lengths Donald Trump will go to to shield himself from accountability."

By Jake Johnson, staff writer

President Trump speaks from the Rose Garden
President Trump speaks from the Rose Garden
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President Donald Trump late Thursday asked the right-wing Supreme Court to block the Manhattan district attorney's subpoena for his tax returns, arguing that he is "absolutely immune from all stages of state criminal process while in office."

Trump's 179-page petition (pdf) to the Supreme Court represents the final stage in the president's effort to stop Manhattan prosecutors from obtaining eight years of his personal and business tax records. Mazars USA, Trump's accounting firm, has said it will hand over the state documents if the Supreme Court declines to hear the case.

Ryan Thomas, spokesperson for progressive advocacy group Stand Up America, said in a statement that the president's "appeal to block the release of his tax returns is nothing more than a last-ditch effort to stymie a criminal investigation that's breathing down his neck."

"No one is above the law, including Donald Trump," said Thomas. "It's absolutely shocking the lengths Donald Trump will go to to shield himself from accountability. If Trump has nothing to hide, then he should immediately release his tax returns and give the American people the transparency they deserve."