President Trump will have to battle it out with the Manhattan Attorney General’s office if he want his tax returns kept hidden after US Supreme Court says he is not immune attempts to set hands on his financial records.
The Thursday ruling joins an already existing catalogue of cases lost by Trump and his administration for the past few weeks.
House democrats and the Manhattan district attorney’s office have been trying to acquire the President’s financial records from two banks and his accounting firm to facilitate investigations into monies paid to two women to keep quiet.
Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the ruling that, “the public has a right to every man’s evidence.” The ruling went 7-2 against the President. Justice Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas dissented.
“Since the earliest days of the Republic, ‘every man’ has included the president of the United States. Beginning with Jefferson and carrying on through Clinton, presidents have uniformly testified or produced documents in criminal proceedings when called upon by federal courts,” Justice John Roberts wrote.
“[W]e cannot conclude that absolute immunity is necessary or appropriate under Article II or the Supremacy Clause. Our dissenting colleagues agree.”
Trump reacted to the court’s decision moments after the ruling came calling the ruling a “political prosecution”. He said it is not “fair” to his “presidency or administration.”
The President’s attorney said Donald Trump will challenge efforts to acquire his attorney even as the case has been sent back to the lower courts.