US to join Trump lawsuit over NY subpoena for tax returns

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York said on Monday that it would join a lawsuit filed by President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff pleads to Senate GOP: 'Right matters. And the truth matters.' Anita Hill to Iowa crowd: 'Statute of limitations' for Biden apology is 'up' Sen. Van Hollen releases documents from GAO investigation MORE that aims to block a subpoena for his tax returns.

The office said it would file a submission in the case by Wednesday, CNN reports.

The move comes after the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office subpoenaed Trump for his tax returns and other documents dating back to 2011.

The district attorney’s office, led by Cyrus Vance, is investigating the Trump Organization’s handling of hush money payments made to two women who claim they had affairs with Trump, though the president has denied both encounters.

Two weeks ago, Trump responded by suing the district attorney's office, arguing that criminally investigating a sitting president is "unconstitutional” and asking the judge to suspend the subpoena until he is no longer in office.


The U.S. attorney’s office filed a brief last week saying it was “considering whether to participate in connection with the pending motion for a preliminary injunction," according to CNN.

The case is one of several that are pending in federal courts as Democrats, including some House committees, attempt to get information about Trump’s finances.

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocrats hammer abuse of power charge, allege Trump put self over country Overnight Energy: Trump issues rule replacing Obama-era waterway protections | Pelosi slams new rule as 'an outrageous assault' | Trump water policy exposes sharp divides Pelosi slams Trump administration's new water rule: 'An outrageous assault' MORE (D-Calif.) said last week that she’s directed the panels to proceed with their investigations under the "umbrella of impeachment inquiry."