There is now a possibility that President Donald Trump’s tax records can be seen.
This is after the US Supreme Court has ruled that Trump’s financial records can be examined.
The prosecutors from New York will have the privilege to do so.
Trump has come under fire for not making his tax returns public like his predecessors, said a BBC report.
Trump’s lawyers argued that he enjoyed total immunity while in office.
The President has long called the quest for his tax records to go public is a “witch hunt.”
He tweeted after the ruling:
“The Supreme Court sends case back to Lower Court, arguments to continue. This is all a political prosecution.”
Not So Fast
The Supreme Court may rule that the New York prosecutors may see the tax records it’s not a done deal yet.
The High Tribunal returned the case to the lower courts in New York.
The BBC report said this decision would mean Trump will have other legal remedies.
Having an arsenal of legal options would mean Trump’s lawyer can drag the case longer.
That is not good news for anyone who wanted to expose his tax records before the November 2020 Presidential election.
No Absolute Immunity For The President
The Supreme Court ruled that the president did not have absolute immunity from criminal investigation.
They voted by a majority of seven to two.
The High Tribunal said:
“Two hundred years ago, a great jurist of our Court established that no citizen, not even the President is categorically above the common duty to produce evidence when called upon in a criminal proceeding,”
The Supreme Court added:
“We reaffirm that principle today.”
Why Does It Matter?
It all stemmed from the case Trump vs Vance.
The case was based on Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance’s criminal subpoena – an order to hand over evidence.
Vance argued Trump’s documents were needed to determine if financial records had been doctored to cover up hush-money payments.
The payment was intended for two women in 2016 who claimed they had affairs with Trump.
Following the recent ruling, Vance said the investigation into Trump’s financial affairs would resume.