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New York prosecutors have agreed to put on hold their bid to enforce their subpoena seeking U.S. President Donald Trump’s tax returns, according to a court filing on Thursday.
The office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said it would not seek to enforce the subpoena until Oct. 7, or two business days after a judge rules on Trump’s challenge to the subpoena, whichever comes first.
A spokesman for Vance declined to comment on the agreement. Lawyers for Trump could not immediately be reached.
Vance had subpoenaed the returns and other records from Trump’s longtime accounting firm Mazars USA on Aug. 29 as part of a criminal investigation.
Earlier this month, Trump sued Vance in Manhattan federal court to block the subpoena, arguing that a president was immune from criminal investigation while in office. U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero heard arguments in the case on Wednesday but has yet to rule.
Mazars, also named as a defendant in Trump’s lawsuit, said in a statement it would “respect the legal process and fully comply with its legal obligations.” It said that as a matter of policy, it did not comment on its work for clients.
The scope of Vance’s investigation is not publicly known.
The subpoena on Mazars came four weeks after Vance issued a separate subpoena to the Trump Organization for records of hush-money payments to two women prior to the 2016 presidential election. Adult-film star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal have said they had sexual relationships with Trump, which he has denied.
Trump Hits Back At DA Who Subpoenaed His Taxes, He Will Pay.
U.S. President Donald Trump sued Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance on Thursday over subpoenas issued by the state prosecutor’s office.
A copy of the complaint filed in Manhattan federal court was not immediately available in online records. Vance’s office did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Trump sued three days after the New York Times said Vance’s office had subpoenaed his longtime accounting firm Mazars for eight years of personal and corporate tax returns, citing several people with knowledge of the matter.
The president has refused to disclose his tax returns, after promising during his 2016 White House run that he would.
Jay Sekulow, a lawyer for Trump, said in a statement that the lawsuit was filed “in response to the subpoenas issued by the New York County District Attorney,” to address “the significant constitutional issues at stake in this case.”
Trump is separately trying to block Deutsche Bank AG from handing over financial records, which include some tax returns, to two U.S. House of Representatives committees that issued subpoenas for the records.
The federal appeals court in Manhattan heard oral arguments in that case on Aug. 23, and has yet to rule.
According to the Times, Vance issued his subpoenas soon after opening a criminal probe into what role Trump and his family business played in hush-money payments prior to the 2016 election.
These include $130,000 that Michael Cohen, the president’s now-imprisoned former lawyer, paid to Stormy Daniels, a pornographic film actress who said she had a sexual relationship with Trump in 2006.
Trump has denied having an affair with Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford.
Vance, a Democrat and longtime Trump critic, is also pursuing a criminal mortgage fraud case against Paul Manafort, a former Trump campaign chairman.
Manafort has sought to dismiss that case, saying he was already convicted on similar federal charges and that trying him again would amount to double jeopardy.
Mazars was also named as a defendant in Trump’s lawsuit against Vance. It did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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