US President Donald Trump asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to bar a Manhattan grand jury subpoena for his tax returns and financial records.
This follows the denial by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Wednesday of the president’s petition for a rehearing en banc on the subpoena.
In his petition for a writ of certiori, the president claims that: “State criminal process interferes with the President’s ability to execute his duties under Article II, violates the Supremacy Clause, and is irreconcilable with our constitutional design.” This case presents a question of the president’s immunity, consisting of “novel and serious claims” with which the Supreme Court has not yet dealt.
According to the petition, the question is not whether this subpoena will burden the president. The question is whether this kind of legal process violates the Constitution.