Judge Denies ‘Virtually Limitless’ Shield to Trump in Tax Fight

Donald Trump is a president and not a king, a federal judge wrote in a scathing ruling on Monday morning, throwing out a lawsuit that would shield him, his businesses and his associates from New York state subpoenas.

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Judge Victor Marrero, a Clinton appointee

Finding that the fight was not a federal one, U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero dismissed Trump’s lawsuit challenging the probe.

“Shunning the concept of the inviolability of the person of the King of England and the bounds of the monarch’s protective screen covering the Crown’s actions from legal scrutiny, the Founders disclaimed any notion that the Constitution general conferred similarly all-encompassing immunity upon the president,” Marrero wrote in a scathing 75-page opinion.

Trump’s attorneys already have filed an emergency appeal seeking to block the subpoena, which is due to be enforced this afternoon.

Judge Marrero’s decision reanimates Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance’s criminal investigation of unknown targets connected to the president. As part of a criminal investigation into hush-money payments made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels, Vance subpoenaed the accounting firm Mazars USA for eight years of Trump’s personal and corporate tax returns.

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