It appears the judge wanted to rule that the info had to be turned over shortly….
But has given Trump’s lawyers till at least the middle of August before he finally rules on the DA’s request that the Supreme Court has sent back the judge to make a ruling on….
Donald Trump COULD get criminally indicted by a New York Grand Jury BEFORE (Or there after) November 3rd, if NYC DA Vance presents Trump’s tax info to them….
A criminal indictment of a sitting President by a state would be a first and media feasting….
This IS a REAL worry for Trump….
Presidential pardons do NOT apply in state courts….
“What the president lawyer is seeking here is delay. That’s the entire strategy here,” Vance’s counsel Carey Dunne said. “It’s been nearly a year since we served our subpoena. … Let’s not let delay kill this case.”
Trump lawyer William Consovoy didn’t respond directly to that claim, but said there were strong indications that Vance’s investigation was a political errand on behalf of Democratic lawmakers in Washington seeking precisely the same set of records.
“This subpoena is copied verbatim from a congressional subpoena. …The subpoena from New York County is fortuitously exactly the same scope and nature as two [congressional] investigations focused on federal issues,” Consovoy complained.
The Supreme Court ruling last week slammed the door on Trump’s most aggressive argument: that presidents enjoy absolute immunity from state criminal investigations that produce subpoenas like the one issued to his accounting firm last year. However, the justices outlined a series of other claims Trump remains free to raise, like that the subpoena is harassing, overbroad, was issued as an act of retaliation or complying will interfere with his official duties.
Trump has yet to settle on precisely what arguments to raise, Consovoy said, but he suggested the president will argue the subpoena sweeps too broadly and should be pared back.
“The president does believe there are likely to be strong arguments that the subpoena is not tailored,” the attorney said.
However, timing now looms as large as any of the legal issues in the case. To that end, U.S. District Court Judge Victor Marrero opened the teleconference by questioning why the two sides had filed a proposal for nearly another month’s worth of legal filings in the case when that work was completed in six days during the first phase of the case last year.
“It raises a question as to why the parties need so much more additional time,” said Marrero, an appointee of President Bill Clinton.
The judge initially sounded inclined to handle the next phase of the case with what he called greater “alacrity” than the two sides proposed, but he eventually acceded to their suggestion, which calls for Trump to file a new version of his lawsuit against the DA by July 27 and for an exchange of written pleadings through August 14. No date for a future hearing was set.
One of the politically urgent questions posed by the case is whether Vance’s lawyers will get their hands on Trump’s financial records in advance of the November election and, if so, how far in advance. Grand jury submissions are typically kept secret, but the information can be made public if charges are filed…