President Donald Trump must release his tax returns and other financial records to the Manhattan district attorney, the Supreme Court has ordered.
After promising to release his tax returns like every other modern president, Trump wasted millions of American taxpayer dollars fighting all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court just to hide them.
Donald Trump is a liar and a con artist. Always has been. Always will be. pic.twitter.com/jRHPPVu5bC
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) July 9, 2020
.@SpeakerPelosi: "The Supreme Court, including the president's appointees, have declared that he is not above the law. … It's not good news for the president of the United States." #TrumpTaxes pic.twitter.com/RNxt1ar1i1
— The American Independent (@AmerIndependent) July 9, 2020
In a 7-2 vote, the court sided with Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance who requested eight years’ worth of Trump’s business and personal tax records to help investigate whether Trump and his company violated state laws in connection with hush-money payments to several women that allegedly had affairs with the president.
Breaking: Supreme Court says prosecutors get Trump's tax returns. They now go to grand jury.
Will the public ever see them? Probably.
Before the election? Probably not.
— Robert Reich (@RBReich) July 9, 2020
In Trump v. Mazars, a case consolidated with Trump v. Deutsche Bank, three House committees argued it was within their constitutional authority to issue Trump a subpoena to obtain several years worth of personal financial documents and records from his accounting firm Mazars.
Trump has been lying about releasing his tax returns for 8 years — but now the Supreme Court has ruled that he must turn over his financial records to the NY District Attorney for a criminal investigation into his alleged hush-money deals pic.twitter.com/P8ydWEli1p
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) July 9, 2020
The committees, including the Committee on Oversight and Reform that issued the subpoena in mid-2019 to Mazars, argued the documents were part of an investigation into government ethics and conflicts of interest in the executive branch. Part of the investigation, the committee argued, included “the accuracy of statements made by the President on various financial discloses.”
Today’s decisions are a win for the rule of law: Supreme Court Rules Trump Cannot Block Release of Financial Records #TrumpTaxes https://t.co/UuaCsBetPR
— Frank Figliuzzi (@FrankFigliuzzi1) July 9, 2020
In the Deutsche Bank case, the House Committee on Financial Services and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence issued subpoenas to the bank and Capital One for records into Trump, his family, and the Trump Organization as part of an ongoing investigation into any links or coordination between the Russian government, or any other foreign actors, that may have influenced the 2016 U.S. elections. The investigations by the two committees also focused on Russian money laundering. read more…
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