The Supreme Court on Monday rejected Trump’s bid to shield his tax returns from the District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.
The justices issued a one-line order saying they had denied Trump’s request to block enforcement of subpoenas from the grand jury in New York. The Supreme Court had ruled in July of last year that the subpoena of Trump’s records was constitutional, however their release was held up by an appeal arguing the subpoena is a bad faith overreach borne from political animus. The investigation into Trump was originally opened back in 2018 to look into hush money payments made during his 2016 run for President. Since then the investigation has expanded into other possible crimes such as fraud and tax-evasion.
In a statement to media outlets former President Trump stated that the investigation was only being pursued for political reasons. “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. Manhattan Dist. Atty. Cyrus Vance Jr. has not revealed what the grand jury is investigating, but in court filings his office said it was looking into potential “protracted criminal conduct at the Trump Organization.”
Shortly after the court issued its order, Vance tweeted: “The work continues.” On February 3rd Vance’s office swore in a special assistant district attorney Mark Pomerantz. Pomerantz is a former federal prosecutor with big experience in complex financial and organized crime cases. Pomerantz is working solely on the Trump case. Filings by Vance’s office in Mr. Trump’s appeal indicate that prosecutors are examining wide disparities in how Mr. Trump’s company valued properties in its portfolio.
ARTICLE: DUSTIN RODGERS
POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
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