President Donald Trump's lawyers submitted new arguments on Monday to try to block a subpoena on his tax records. They said she was issued with malicious intent, may have been politically motivated and called her a harassment of the president.
Lawyers filed a rewritten lawsuit with the Federal Supreme Court in Manhattan to challenge a prosecutor's subpoena on the grounds that they are in line with the US Supreme Court's view that the subpoena can be challenged.
They asked a judge to declare it "invalid and unenforceable".
The Supreme Court ruled earlier this month that the 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 inappropriately as anyone else.
Trump's lawyers had argued that the president could not be criminally investigated during his tenure.
In her new court files, Trump's lawyers said the subpoena of his tax documents was "wildly exaggerated" and "a nuisance to the President."
They said it was issued with malicious intent and copied a summons from Congress.
"Regardless of whether the district attorney photocopied a subpoena from Congress for political, efficiency, or both reasons, he knowingly and deliberately issued a subpoena for the president's papers," said the lawyers.
They said the subpoena sought detailed information on all of Trump's assets in the U.S. and abroad for a period of 10 years.
"Simply put, it requires everything," wrote the lawyers.
Vance was looking in part in the tax filing for an investigation into how Trump's then personal lawyer arranged during the 2016 presidential competition to keep porn actress Stormy Daniels and model Karen McDougal from filing extramarital claims with Trump. Trump has denied the affairs.
Vance, a Democrat, has requested eight years of the Republican President's personal and corporate tax records.
Danny Frost, a spokesman for Vance, declined to comment on Monday.
The Supreme Court had referred the case back to a federal judge in Manhattan, who ensured that both sides had completed their legal arguments regarding the challenge of the subpoena by mid-August.
Last year, the same judge ruled against Trump in a written statement that was upheld by the U.S. 2nd Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court.
In their new court file, Trump's lawyers said that the tax subpoena “requires extensive documents covering all facets of the business and financial affairs of the President and numerous affiliates – from banal to complex, from drafts and memos to formal records Source documents for summaries. "
They said it was wrong for Vance to look for records from 2011 when he was mainly investigating events that took place in 2016.
The lawsuit alleged that the subpoena affects companies in California, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia and the District of Columbia. Other affected companies are located outside of the United States, including Canada, the Dominican Republic, Dubai, India, Indonesia, Ireland, the Philippines, Scotland and Turkey.
"Taken together, the subpoena requires that the President's assets and liabilities, including each of the listed companies, be accounted for and analyzed," the lawyers wrote, calling the request "an overarching call to take the President apart."