Monday, February 22, 2021
Defeat in the Supreme Court
Trump must disclose tax returns
Trump’s tax returns have been the subject of speculation for years. The New York Public Prosecutor wants to shed light on the darkness of the files. The Supreme Court has now stopped a blockade suit by the former US president – not for the first time.
Former US President Donald Trump has suffered another defeat in the dispute over his withheld tax returns. The US Supreme Court dismissed Trump’s motion to block the delivery of financial documents to the New York City Attorney’s Office. The Supreme Court did not give a reason. Manhattan’s District Attorney Cyrus Vance said in a brief statement: “The work continues.”
Among other things, Vance wants to view Trump’s tax returns from 2011 to 2018 and has requested the documents from Trump’s accounting firm Mazars. However, the former president wants to prevent the public prosecutor from receiving the documents and has therefore gone to court.
No “absolute immunity”
The Supreme Court inflicted a defeat on Trump in July of last year. The constitutional judges ruled that the then president did not enjoy “absolute immunity” from prosecution. The legal battles continued, however, and ended up again before the Supreme Court. This now decided again in favor of the public prosecutor.
Vance had launched an investigation into suspected hush money payments to the porn actress Stormy Daniels and a former “Playboy” model, who said they had affairs with Trump years ago. Court documents suggest that the investigations are now much broader: Accordingly, there is also suspicion of banking and insurance fraud at the Trump Organization, in which Trump’s business activities are bundled.
Trump’s financial records have been the subject of speculation and legal battles for years. The real estate entrepreneur is extremely low-key when it comes to his finances, which repeatedly leads to suspicions that he has something to hide. Trump was the first president since Richard Nixon (1969 to 1974) to refuse to disclose his tax returns. The Republican resigned from the White House on January 20. He had clearly lost the November 3rd presidential election to Democrat Joe Biden.