The U.S. Supreme Court has allowed New York prosecutors to obtain former President Donald Trump’s tax returns, dealing a massive blow to Trump who has fought against the release of the financial documents for years.
Trump’s argument was the subpoena issued by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance was broad and issued in bad faith.
The documents are now subject to grand jury secrecy rules that restrict them from being released publicly. Without social media, Trump released a statement via email on Monday, calling the ruling “a continuation of the greatest political Witch Hunt in the history of our Country.”
The former President went on to say the following in a series of rambling put into paragraphs:
“Whether it was the never ending $32 million Mueller hoax, which already investigated everything that could possibly be investigated, “Russia Russia Russia,” where there was a finding of “No Collusion,” or two ridiculous “Crazy Nancy” inspired impeachment attempts where I was found NOT GUILTY. It just never ends!
“So now, for more than two years, New York City has been looking at almost every transaction I’ve ever done, including seeking tax returns which were done by among the biggest and most prestigious law and accounting firms in the U.S. The Tea Party was treated far better by the IRS than Donald Trump.
“The Supreme Court never should have let this “fishing expedition” happen, but they did. This is something which has never happened to a President before, it is all Democrat-inspired in a totally Democrat location, New York City and State, completely controlled and dominated by a heavily reported enemy of mine, Governor Andrew Cuomo.
“These are attacks by Democrats willing to do anything to stop the almost 75 million people (the most votes, by far, ever gotten by a sitting president) who voted for me in the election—an election which many people, and experts, feel that I won. I agree!”
“The new phenomenon of “headhunting” prosecutors and AGs—who try to take down their political opponents using the law as a weapon—is a threat to the very foundation of our liberty. That’s what is done in third world countries. Even worse are those who run for prosecutorial or attorney general offices in far-left states and jurisdictions pledging to take out a political opponent. That’s fascism, not justice—and that is exactly what they are trying to do with respect to me, except that the people of our Country won’t stand for it.
“In the meantime, murders and violent crime are up in New York City by record numbers, and nothing is done about it. Our elected officials don’t care. All they focus on is the persecution of President Donald J. Trump.
“I will fight on, just as I have, for the last five years (even before I was successfully elected), despite all of the election crimes that were committed against me. We will win!”
The subpoenas handed down by the Southern District of New York from January 2011 to August 2019, includes Trump’s tax returns. Other documents are related to the Trump Organization’s employment of former attorney, Michael Cohen and a hush money payment from Cohen to two women who claimed to have had extramarital affairs with Trump.
Last July, SCOTUS, voting 7-2, rejected Trump’s broad claims of immunity from a state criminal subpoena seeking his tax returns and said that as president he was not entitled to any kind of heightened standard unavailable to ordinary citizens. The justices sent the case back to the lower court so that the president could make more targeted objections regarding the scope of the subpoena.
In October, a federal appeals court said “there is nothing to suggest that these are anything but run-of-the-mill documents typically relevant to a grand jury investigation into possible financial or corporate misconduct.”
The ruling means that the grand jury investigation into Trump’s alleged payments and other issues will no longer be hampered by a court fight to keep the documents secret.