The Department of Justice has asked a federal judge to pause a subpoena for President Donald Trump's tax returns, since it intends to join a lawsuit aiming to stop the subpoena.
In a court filing, U.S. Attorney Geoff Berman, among others, say the president's complaint "raises a number of significant constitutional issues that potentially implicate important interests of the United States." The DOJ has requested that the judge put the subpoena on hold while it prepares for the case.
The subpoena in question was filed by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance in September. It seeks eight years of President Trump's personal and corporate tax returns as part of a New York investigation into alleged hush-money payments made to Stormy Daniels.
After the subpoena was issued in August, President Trump's lawyers quickly filed a lawsuit aimed at blocking it, arguing that a sitting president cannot be criminally investigated.
In response, Vance argued the the president is trying "to invent and enforce a new presidential 'tax return privilege,' on the theory that disclosing information in a tax return will necessarily reveal information that will somehow impede the functioning of a president." He said every president since Jimmy Carter has released his tax returns and that doing so "has, to date, never impeded a president's ability to serve."
Earlier in the week, a judge granted a stay in the case while the DOJ determined whether or not it would intervene.