Donald Trump responds to SCOTUS decision to allow release of tax returns
Shortly following the U.S. Supreme Court’s Monday decision to not block access to former President Donald Trump‘s tax returns from the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, Trump issued a scathing statement against the ruling.
Trump’s accountants must provide his financial records to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance as part of a grand jury investigation into Trump and the Trump Organization for possible tax violations, according to CNBC.
However, as CNBC pointed out: While Vance’s office can now require that Trump’s longtime accounting firm, Mazars USA, hand over the records to a New York grand jury, as NBC News noted, state law requires that grand jury proceedings—and the evidence presented in them—remain confidential.
In his statement, Trump said: “So now, for more than two years, New York City has been looking at almost every transaction I’ve ever done, including seeking tax returns which were done by among the biggest and most prestigious law and accounting firms in the U.S.”
“The Supreme Court never should have let this ‘fishing expedition’ happen, but they did,” the statement continued. “This is something which has never happened to a president before, it is all Democrat-inspired in a totally Democrat location, New York City and State, completely controlled and dominated by a heavily reported enemy of mine, Governor Andrew Cuomo.”
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Trump also said that “[these] are attacks by Democrats willing to do anything to stop the almost 75 million people (the most votes, by far, ever gotten by a sitting president) who voted for me in the election—an election which many people, and experts, feel that I won. I agree!”
Regarding the enforcement of the subpoena, according to ABC News, the District Attorney’s office cited a prior filing: “As we have consistently made clear, we do not believe your client’s claims have merit, and we anticipate that the Supreme Court, after briefing, will deny your request for interim relief, at which point our office will be free to enforce the Mazars Subpoena, regardless of whether your client decides to continue to seek certiorari.”
The Manhattan District Attorney’s office expects to take possession of 8 years’ worth of the former president’s voluminous tax information as soon as possible, according to ABC News. The scrutiny of the documents is expected to begin within days, a source familiar with the matter reportedly told the news outlet.
Mazars reportedly told ABC News in a statement: “We are aware of the Supreme Court’s order. As we have maintained throughout this process, Mazars remains committed to fulfilling all of our professional and legal obligations. Due to our industry’s professional obligations Mazars cannot discuss any clients, or the nature of our services we provide for any client, in a public forum without client consent or as required by law.”
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