The US Supreme Court comes down on the side that an American President HAS to deal with inquiries from state prosecutor ‘s on his taxes and financial information….Trump’s argument that he has blanket immunity against ANYTHING while office is thrown out…We saw that gone with Bill Clinton’s civil cases…
The Court sent the Manhattan DA’s case back to lower Federal court’s…
Manhattan DA Vance’s office will get info….
But the lower court will have to meet certain standards…
Trump’s lawyers will challenge this….
It WILL go on for a few months….
On the the request by the House to see Donald Trump’s tax’s and financial information the same ruling…
The House should get info….
President’s do NOT have absolute IMMUNITY from inquiries from Congress…
The case goes back to a lower court….
The high court says Trump’s argument does NOT stand….
Some Information MUST be turned over…
But the District court should narrow the requests…
The bottom line ?
Donald Trump LOSES his argument that his, or any President’s taxes are private….
He WINS his effort to keep his tax and financal info from Congress, a state prosecutor or the American public BEFORE the 2020 Presidential election…
The rulings in both cases was 7-2….
Trump’s judges voted against the Trump trying to get overall immunity from scrutiny….
While Donald Trump gets his delay?
He now has to worry about what will be awaiting him AFTER the election when he could be a private citizen and a NY Grand Jury could in fact indict him….
The Supreme Court ruled Thursday cleared the way for prosecutors in New York to see President Trump’s financial records, a stunning defeat for Mr. Trump but a decision that probably means the records will be shielded from public scrutiny until after the election, perhaps indefinitely.
In a separate decision, the court ruled that Congress could not, at least for now, see the same records. The vote in both cases was 7 to 2.
Mr. Trump had asked the court to block both sets of subpoenas, which had sought information from Mr. Trump’s accountants and bankers, not from Mr. Trump himself; the firms have indicated that they would comply with the court’s ruling.
Mr. Trump’s lawyers had argued that he was immune from all criminal proceedings and investigations so long as he remained in office and that Congress was powerless to obtain his records because it had no legislative need for them.
House Democrats and New York prosecutors said the records may shed light on Mr. Trump’s foreign entanglements, possible conflicts of interest, whether he has paid his taxes and whether his hush money payments violated campaign finance laws.
The court’s decision was a major statement on the scope and limits of presidential power, one that will take its place with landmark rulings that required President Richard M. Nixon to turn over tapes of Oval Office conversations and forced President Bill Clinton to provide evidence in a sexual harassment suit.
One of the cases concerned a subpoena to Mr. Trump’s accounting firm, Mazars USA, from the office of the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., a Democrat. It sought eight years of business and personal tax records in connection with an investigation of the role that Mr. Trump and the Trump Organization played in hush-money payments made in the run-up to the 2016 election.
Both Mr. Trump and his company reimbursed the president’s former lawyer and fixer, Michael D. Cohen, for payments made to the pornographic film actress Stormy Daniels, who claimed that she had an affair with Mr. Trump.
Mr. Cohen was also involved in payments to Karen McDougal, a Playboy model who had also claimed she had a relationship with Mr. Trump. The president has denied the relationships.
“We note that the past six presidents, dating back to President Carter, all voluntarily released their tax returns to the public,” Judge Katzmann wrote. “While we do not place dispositive weight on this fact, it reinforces our conclusion that the disclosure of personal financial information, standing alone, is unlikely to impair the president in performing the duties of his office.”
Mr. Trump’s lawyers argued that he was immune from all criminal proceedings and investigations so long as he remained in office…..
image…Doug Mills/The New York Times