The Supreme Court ruled that Manhattan prosecutors can obtain Donald Trump’s financial records, including his tax returns, concluding that the president was not immune from a grand jury subpoena of the records.
The case is not over, though, as the high court sent the case back to lower courts to resolve the issue.
In another decision, the court ruled that Congress could not obtain Trump’s financial records, at least for now, because of concerns over separation of powers. But that case, too, was sent back to lower courts.
In the final day of its term, the court on Thursday was expected to issue two opinions having to do with whether the president’s financial records had to be turned over in response to subpoenas.
The first was a case in which the New York district attorney, Cyrus Vance Jr., has been investigating whether the Trump Organization falsified records related to payoffs of Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, and a grand jury subpoenaed the president’s financial information and tax records. The other case had to do with an even weightier question of whether Congress had the authority to obtain Trump’s records via a subpoena, as the House Oversight Committee conducted a broader inquiry into the president’s finances.
In advance of the rulings, Trump tweeted, “PRESIDENTIAL HARASSMENT!” It was unclear if he was anticipating the Supreme Court rulings or was referring to other claims.
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