The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Feb. 22 that it won’t stop a New York prosecutor from obtaining former President Donald Trump’s tax returns and other financial records as part of a criminal investigation.
The justices rebuffed Trump’s request to put an Oct. 7, 2020, lower court ruling on hold that directs the former commander-in-chief’s accounting company, Mazars USA, to comply with a subpoena to turn over the tax returns and documents to a grand jury convened by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, a Democrat.
The New York grand jury will be able to obtain the records and look at them in secret, meaning that the records will not become public any time soon, although the possibility of leaks to legacy news media can’t be ruled out.
The court issued a single-sentence ruling (pdf): “The application for a stay presented to Justice Breyer and referred to the Court is denied.” The justices didn’t provide an explanation.
In July 2020, the high court ruled that the president and any other citizen isn’t “categorically above the common duty to produce evidence when called upon in a criminal proceeding.” They suggested Trump could challenge Vance’s subpoena on other grounds. (Read more from “Supreme Court Allows Release of Trump Tax Records” HERE)