Supreme Court Permits Release of Trump Taxes to Anti-Trump Prosecutor
The jury will be able to obtain the records and look at them in secre
The U.S. Supreme Court will allow the release of President Donald Trump’s tax returns and other financial records as part of a criminal investigation.
The justices denied Trump's request to put an Oct. 7 lower court ruling on hold.
The ruling directs Trump's accounting company Mazars USA to comply with a subpoena to turn over the taxes to the grand jury that was convened by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, a Democrat.
The jury will be able to obtain the records and look at them in secret, so the records will not be public yet.
This does not rule out the possibility of media leaks.
The court issued a single-sentence ruling on Monday (pdf):
“The application for a stay presented to Justice Breyer and referred to the Court is denied."
The justices did not provide an explanation.
In July, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in Trump v. Mazars USA, LLP, that the House of Representatives cannot demand tax returns from President Donald Trump.
Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the opinions in both cases.
NBC News reports:
The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to block a New York grand jury from getting President Donald Trump’s personal and corporate tax returns, a decisive defeat in his prolonged legal battle to keep his tax records out of the hands of investigators.
The ruling does not mean the returns will become public any time soon, and they might never be publicly released.
Under state law, materials turned over to a grand jury must be kept secret. But Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance can now require Trump’s accountants to turn over the records that the president has steadfastly refused to surrender to prosecutors or Congress.
The ruling at the time said the president and any other citizen is not “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.
Trump’s lawyers stated last year that attempts to review his taxes were done in bad faith and were excessive.
The Supreme Court also tossed Trump's claim of “absolute immunity.”
Trump's lawyers also told the Supreme Court that he would suffer “irreparable harm” if the materials are turned over to the grand jury.
“Even if the disclosure of his papers is limited to prosecutors and grand jurors, the status quo can never be restored once confidentiality is destroyed,” his lawyers stated in court papers in October.
“Interim relief is also warranted given the irreparable harm the President will suffer without a stay. Even if the disclosure of his papers is limited to prosecutors and grand jurors, the status quo can never be restored once confidentiality is destroyed,” they wrote in their 46-page appeal.
Vance, however, said the delay had hampered his investigation.
The former commander-in-chief “has had multiple opportunities for review of his constitutional and state law claims, and at this juncture, he provides no grounds for further delay,” Vance said around the same time.
“His request for extraordinary relief should be denied, and the grand jury permitted to do its work.”
Vance’s subpoenas are between January 2011 until August 2019, relating to the Trump Organization’s employment of his former attorney, Michael Cohen.
Mazars USA said it would not contest the subpoena and will comply with legal obligations.
The Supreme Court case is Trump v. Vance, 20A63.