On Thursday, the Supreme Court issued a mixed verdict on demands to see tax returns and other documents from President Donald Trump. For the time being, his financial records remain unavailable to the public.
Supreme Court justices upheld the Manhattan district attorney’s demand for Trump’s tax returns by a 7-2 vote. However, they voted to keep a hold on the financial records Congress hoped to obtain for more than a year.
The ruling mandates that the case returns to lower courts. Chief John Roberts addressed both sides’ opinions in the congressional case. “Congressional subpoenas for information from the President, however, implicate special concerns regarding the separation of powers,” Roberts wrote, according to the Associated Press. “The courts below did not take adequate account of those concerns.”
President Donald Trump Weighs In
President Trump took to Twitter to share his thoughts on the case. “I won the Mueller Witch Hunt, and others, and now I have to keep fighting in a politically corrupt New York,” he tweeted.
President Trump’s lawyers and the Justice Department presented two major arguments in the case. Firstly, they argued that he is immune from the investigation while holding office. Secondly, they argued that a prosecutor must show above normal to see the documents. However, the court rejected these arguments.
Justice Samuel Alito fears that the case will cause future presidents to suffer. “This case is almost certain to be portrayed as a case about the current President and the current political situation, but the case has a much deeper significance,” Alito wrote.
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. says his investigation can now resume. He calls the ruling a is a tremendous victory for our nation’s system of justice and its founding principle that no one — not even a president — is above the law.”
[H/T Associated Press]