Supreme Court Allows Release Of Trump Tax Returns To NY Prosecutor

The Supreme Court rejected a last-ditch bid by former President Donald Trump to keep his financial records, including years of his tax returns, out of the hands of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.

The decision, the second time the nation’s highest court has refused to block a grand jury subpoena for those confidential records, was announced in an order with no noted dissents. The news further imperils the ex-president, who is facing investigations in New York and elsewhere.

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.

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. According to people familiar with the matter, the district attorney’s office is expected to have access to the records within the next few days.

Vance’s probe originally appeared to have been focused on hush-money payments made on Trump’s behalf to two women who have said they had affairs with him. Trump has denied their claims, but court records and news reports suggest prosecutors are now examining more serious allegations.

A court filing last summer by Vance indicated that the probe could be eyeing possible “insurance and bank fraud by the Trump Organization and its officers.” In another filing, a month later, prosecutors suggested they might be investigating Trump for potential tax crimes.

The subpoenas span documents from January 2011 to August 2019, including his tax returns, from Mazars, an accounting firm used by Trump. The documents relate to the Trump Organization’s employment of Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen and the hush-money payment Cohen allegedly made to two women who claimed to have had extramarital affairs with Trump.
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 accounting firm effectively ends the dispute.
In a strongly-worded statement released by Trump, he decries the Supreme Court’s decision and once again describes a criminal probe against him as a witch hunt.
Trump states that not only are Democrats and RINOs (Republicans In Name Only) conspiring against him, but now he believes the SCOTUS is against him too, the same court that has a conservative majority and that he personally appointed a third of the justices.

About Genius Shuttlesworth

A graduate of Morgan State University with a degree in Political Science Genius Shuttlesworth, @TheFreshAddict, has a passion for politics, good music, and high fashion.

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