President Trump’s lawyers renew legal assault on tax records subpoena

FILE - In this July 24, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump steps off Air Force One at Morristown Municipal Airport in Morristown, N.J. A new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows that at a pivotal moment for President Donald Trump, he is out of step with the country on the most important issues facing it. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
FILE - In this July 24, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump steps off Air Force One at Morristown Municipal Airport in Morristown, N.J. A new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows that at a pivotal moment for President Donald Trump, he is out of step with the country on the most important issues facing it. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

NEW YORK – President Donald Trump’s lawyers filed fresh arguments Monday to try to block a criminal subpoena for his tax records, saying it was issued in bad faith, might have been politically motivated and calling it a harassment of the president.

Lawyers filed a rewritten lawsuit in Manhattan federal court to challenge the subpoena by a state prosecutor on grounds they believe conform with how the U.S. Supreme Court said the subpoena can be contested.

They asked a judge to declare it “invalid and unenforceable."

The high court ruled earlier this month that Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. could subpoena tax records from Trump’s accountant over his objections.

But the court said Trump could challenge the subpoena as improper just as anyone else can.

Trump’s lawyers had argued that the president could not be criminally investigated while he was in office.

In their new court papers, Trump’s lawyers said the subpoena of his tax records was “wildly overbroad” and “amounts to harassment of the President.”

They said it was issued in bad faith, copying a Congressional subpoena.