Donald Trump has long insisted that there’d be nothing to glean from copies of his tax returns, and that everything he’s done with the IRS has been on the up-and-up.
Of course, these claims came only after being continually poked and prodded by Democrats and other Republicans about why he wasn’t willing to fully release them to the public in pursuit of the White House. Trump insisted that his lawyers weren’t allowing them to be released on account of a continuing audit.
There are several investigations into Trump’s finances taking place at the moment, with several subpoenas making the rounds, seeking to bring these tax forms to light.
It appears as though the Supreme Court will not be sheltering the ex-President’s information from these prying eyes.
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 work continues,” Vance said in response to the Supreme Court order.
The state-level legal liabilities for Trump are very real, despite the fact that he was just recently the Commander in Chief.
Even if Trump were to have secretly pardoned himself, which there is no indication of, the presidential pardon has no jurisdiction over state law enforcement.