A federal judge has dismissed President Trump's lawsuit to prevent Manhattan prosecutors from obtaining eight years of his tax returns.
Manhattan's district attorney's office last month subpoenaed Trump's accounting firm, Mazars USA, for eight years of his personal and corporate tax returns, with this coming as part of an investigation into hush money payments made during the 2016 presidential election to silence women alleging affairs with Trump. Trump had been seeking to block this subpoena with a lawsuit, arguing he's immune from investigations while president, The New York Times reports.
But U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero dismissed the lawsuit Monday, saying per The Washington Post that "this court cannot endorse such a categorical and limitless assertion of presidential immunity from judicial process."
Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, is serving prison time after pleading guilty to violating campaign finance laws with the hush money payments. New York prosecutors are probing whether the Trump Organization broke state laws by reimbursing Cohen.
The president's attorneys have already appealed the decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit.