VT: Today, the US Supreme Court ruled, after 4 months of waiting out the attempted overthrow of the US government, to allow prosecutors in New York to have Donald Trump’s income taxes.
Georgia is planning on filing criminal charges against Trump in an election rigging case as well along with mounting civil suits against Trump.
Past that, a new attorney general is likely to file charges against Trump related to emoluments despite the Supreme Court’s dismissal of its case against Trump.
Several areas in Trump’s taxes, according to former Trump attorney Michael Cohen and others, will inexorably lead to Trump’s arrest and conviction on a number of charges, mail and wire fraud, obstruction, bank and insurance fraud, which will likely lead to a prison sentence of 3 years.
CNN) The Supreme Court cleared the way for a New York prosecutor to obtain former President Donald Trump’s tax returns, dealing a massive loss to Trump who has fiercely fought to shield his financial papers from prosecutors.
The documents will be subject to grand jury secrecy rules that restrict their public release.
The ruling is a bitter loss for Trump, even if the tax records are shielded from public disclosure, after he consistently argued that the subpoena issued by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance was overbroad and issued in bad faith.
Reminder: Donald Trump’s legal and financial problems are still very serious.
It means that the grand jury investigation into alleged hush money payments and other issues will no longer be hampered by Trump’s fight to keep the documents secret.
The ruling was issued without comment or noted dissent. Vance celebrated the order, saying in a tweet, “The work continues.”
Although Trump’s personal lawyers may continue to fight their appeal in the case, the fact that the documents will be released by Trump’s long term accounting firm, Mazars, effectively ends the dispute.
Last July, the Supreme Court, voting 7-2, rejected the 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.” read more