US Supreme Court denies Trump’s last-ditch effort to block access to tax returns2 min read


The US Supreme Court has denied a last-ditch attempt by former President Donald J. Trump to shield his financial records, from Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance.

The court issued a brief, unsigned order that ended Trump’s battle to stop prosecutors in Manhattan from going through his tax returns as they investigate possible financial crimes.

The court’s order a decisive defeat for Donald Trump was a big victory for the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr. who will now have access to eight years’ worth of Trump’s personal and corporate tax returns including other financial records.

These records are viewed as vital to the inquiry into whether the former president and his company manipulated property values to obtain bank loans and tax benefits by Mr. Vance’s investigators. Vance issued a one-line statement in response to the Supreme Court’s move, saying, “The work continues.” 

Donald Trump, in 2016 had promised to release his tax records publicly during the presidential campaign. Later, defaulting the promise he claimed that an IRS audit prevented him from doing so. He was the first major presidential candidate since 1976 not to release his records.

Donald Trump who had took his case to the Supreme Court twice lashed out at the Supreme Court’s decision and the investigation. Last year his argument argument that state prosecutors cannot investigate a sitting president was rejected by the court on the basis that no citizen was above “the common duty to produce evidence.” This time, the court denied his emergency request to block a subpoena for his records. A subpoena is an order issued by the court, commanding a person to appear in court on a particular date, usually to give testimony in a legal case.

“The Supreme Court never should have let this ‘fishing expedition’ happen, but they did. This is something which has never happened to a President before,” Trump said.

Prosecutors in Manhattan, investigators and forensic accountants will now sift through millions of pages of financial documents.The court order can also lead up to the possibility of a criminal trial of Donald Trump.