Supreme Court says prosecutors CAN get Donald Trump's tax returns

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Donald Trump blasted a Supreme Court ruling on Monday that paved the way for a New York City prosecutor to obtain his tax returns and other financial records as part of a criminal investigation, a blow to his quest to conceal details of his finances.

'This investigation is a continuation of the greatest political Witch Hunt in the history of our Country,' begins the missive, sent out from the Office of Donald J. Trump.

This investigation is a continuation of the greatest political Witch Hunt in the history of our Country, whether it was the never ending $32 million Mueller hoax, which already investigated everything that could possibly be investigated, “Russia Russia Russia,” where there was a finding of “No Collusion,” or two ridiculous “Crazy Nancy” inspired impeachment attempts where I was found NOT GUILTY. It just never ends!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 Tea Party was treated far better by the IRS than Donald Trump. 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, 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. 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!The new phenomenon of “headhunting” prosecutors and AGs—who try to take down their political opponents using the law as a weapon—is a threat to the very foundation of our liberty. That’s what is done in third world countries. Even worse are those who run for prosecutorial or attorney general offices in far-left states and jurisdictions pledging to take out a political opponent. That’s fascism, not justice—and that is exactly what they are trying to do with respect to me, except that the people of our Country won’t stand for it.In the meantime, murders and violent crime are up in New York City by record numbers, and nothing is done about it. Our elected officials don’t care. All they focus on is the persecution of President Donald J. Trump.I will fight on, just as I have, for the last five years (even before I was successfully elected), despite all of the election crimes that were committed against me. We will win!

The nearly-400 word statement, clearly dictated by Trump himself, brings back a litany of past complaints by the former president: calling the investigation a 'witch hunt,' blasting former special counsel Robert Mueller, and falsely claiming he won the election.

'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 Tea Party was treated far better by the IRS than Donald Trump. 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, 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,' the statement says.

It even divulges into the first person - using the word 'I' repeatedly - and calls Trump by the title 'president.'

'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!,' it reads.

Trump then claimed to be a victim of what his Attorney General Bill Barr called ' headhunters' - career prosecutors who go after high-profile targets.

'The new phenomenon of “headhunting” prosecutors and AGs - who try to take down their political opponents using the law as a weapon - is a threat to the very foundation of our liberty. That’s what is done in third world countries,' Trump says.

His statement comes after justices on the high court rebuffed his request to put on hold an October 7 lower court ruling directing the former Republican president's longtime accounting firm, Mazars USA, to comply with a subpoena to turn over the materials to a grand jury convened by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, a Democrat.

The ruling does not make Trump's tax records public but gives Vance access to eight years of returns for his probe into possible tax fraud, and payments to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal.

They are not supposed to become public as part of the prosecutors' investigation, but the high court's action is a blow to Trump because he has for so long fought on so many fronts to keep his tax records shielded from view.

The justices did not disclose whether the court was split on taking the case, although at times justices who want to take a case but have been outvoted will make public their dissent. None did so Monday.

The ongoing investigation the records are part of could also become an issue for Trump in his life after the presidency.

The ruling against Trump comes just days before his planned political comeback, which will be a speech to the conservative conference CPAC on Sunday.

But the ruling indicates how litigation could hang over a Trump comeback - and Vance's probe is not the only one.

In Georgia, the Fulton District Attorney, Fani Willis, has opened an investigation into attempts to overturn the election result, which includes Trump's infamous call to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger saying to him: 'I just want to find 11,780 votes.'

And Merrick Garland, Joe Biden's nominee for attorney general, faces deciding on whether the DOJ should investigate Trump over the January 6 MAGA rally.

Trump was given one piece of good news by the justices, when they rejected a plea from Stormy Daniels to overturn a ruling that she could not sue Trump for defamation for Tweeting that she was a 'con job.'

But the Manhattan probe is the most advanced. Vance's office had said it would be free to enforce the subpoena and obtain the records in the event the Supreme Court declined to step in and halt the records' turnover, but it was unclear when that might happen.

The case the high court ruled in involves a grand jury subpoena for more than eight years of Trump's personal and corporate tax records.

Vance has disclosed little about what prompted him to request the records. In one court filing last year, however, prosecutors said they were justified in demanding the records because of public reports of 'possibly extensive and protracted criminal conduct at the Trump Organization.'

Part of the probe involves payments to two women - porn actress Stormy Daniels and model Karen McDougal - to keep them quiet during the 2016 presidential campaign about alleged extramarital affairs with Trump. Trump has denied the affairs.

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