The Supreme Court has just ruled that President Trump can’t block a Manhattan district attorney from getting access to his taxes:
BREAKING: Supreme Court rules New York grand jury can get Trump's tax returns. pic.twitter.com/CwGTm5wJAq
— Bloomberg Law (@BLaw) July 9, 2020
BREAKING: Supreme Court grants NY prosecutors access to Trump’s tax returns
— John Kruzel (@johnkruzel) July 9, 2020
BREAKING: #SCOTUS says NYC can get access to President Trump's financial records. The decision is 7-2
— Kimberly Robinson (@KimberlyRobinsn) July 9, 2020
1. Breaking: In a 7-2 decision, The Supreme Court has ruled against Trump on his tax returns and the Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance.
The Manhattan DA/Grand Jury will get his tax returns.
Justice Kavanaugh joined the majority.
Justices Thomas and Alito dissented.
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) July 9, 2020
Obviously it wasn’t just Kavanaugh, but it’s interesting that both Kavanaugh and Gorsuch joined Roberts and the majority of liberals.
I guess this means that the next few months are going to be filled with stories about Trump’s taxes, because you know they will leak it. Buckle up.
UPDATE: Here’s the ruling in case you want to read it:
Here is the 7-2 opinion from Chief Justice Roberts in Trump v. Vance. Dissents from Thomas and Alito. https://t.co/VRXBMFeTAE
— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) July 9, 2020
UPDATE 2: Supreme Court blocks House Democrats from getting access to Trump’s taxes, for now, and the other ruling was also remanded back to the lower courts, according to Pete Williams…
The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday gave President Donald Trump a chance to beat back House Democrats’ efforts to obtain his financial records but ruled he is not immune from Manhattan district attorney’s attempt to get his taxes.
The Manhattan district attorney’s office wanted to obtain Trump’s tax returns as part of its probe into hush-money payments to two women although the president can challenge that in court and the justices said he can fight House Democrats’ attempt to obtain financial records from the Trump Organization’s accounting firm and two banks.
The rulings represent a mixed bag for the president; both matters will go back to lower courts, meaning it is unlikely anything would be decided before Election Day in November.
Well that’s a different take than the breathless tweets I posted above reacting to the news. In the short term and regarding the election, this looks like a victory for Trump.
Trump responded to the rulings…
The Supreme Court sends case back to Lower Court, arguments to continue. This is all a political prosecution. I won the Mueller Witch Hunt, and others, and now I have to keep fighting in a politically corrupt New York. Not fair to this Presidency or Administration!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 9, 2020
UPDATE: Trump’s legal team responds…
We are pleased that in the decisions issued today, the Supreme Court has temporarily blocked both Congress and New York prosecutors from obtaining the President’s financial records. We will now proceed to raise additional Constitutional and legal issues in the lower courts.
— Jay Sekulow (@JaySekulow) July 9, 2020