President Donald Trump won another reprieve Tuesday in his bid to shield his financial records from investigators.
The Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance cannot yet enforce a subpoena for the president's financial records in a short afternoon order that followed oral arguments earlier in the day. The order, called a stay, will remain in effect while the appeals court weighs Trump's argument that the subpoena is overbroad.
The decision will keep the Supreme Court out of the fray, at least for the moment. Had the Second Circuit denied Trump's request for a pause, the president likely would have asked the justices to step in.
"The idea that the district attorney needs these records so badly that there’s no time for appellate review—after he voluntarily stayed enforcement for nearly a year—is implausible," Trump's lawyers wrote in filings that pressed the Second Circuit to stall the Vance subpoena while his appeal goes forward.