Supreme Court won't stop grand jury from getting Trump's tax returns

Supreme Court won't stop grand jury from getting Trump's tax returns

"Since the earliest days of the Republic, 'every man' has included the president of the United States."

The panel, however, was not persuaded, nor should they have been. Trump's tax records are not supposed to become public as part of prosecutor's criminal investigation, but the high court's action is a blow to Trump because he has for so long fought on so many fronts to keep his tax records shielded from view. The last of the written briefs in the case was filed Oct. It was issued before Trump's third nominee, Justice Amy Coney Barrett, replaced the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the court. The case the high court ruled in involves a grand jury subpoena for more than eight years of Trump's personal and corporate tax records. The court's action is the apparent culmination of a lengthy legal battle that had already reached the high court once before. And the court prevented the records from being turned over while the cases proceeded. The court offered no explanation for the delay, and the legal issue before the justices did not involve whether Trump was due any special deference because he was president. 19. Vance, a Democrat, had subpoenaed the records from the Mazars accounting firm that has long done work for Trump and his businesses. As part of its July decision, the high court returned the Vance case and a similar case involving records sought by Congress to lower courts. This is because determining whether a complaint is sufficiently well pled to survive a motion to dismiss raises only questions of law, and an appellate court has before it the same information the trial court had when it reached its judgment. In one court filing last year, however, prosecutors said they were justified in demanding the records because of public reports of "possibly extensive and protracted criminal conduct at the Trump Organization."

"In our judicial system, the public has a right to every man's evidence," Roberts said in the opening words of his opinion. Trump has called it "a fishing expedition" and "a continuation of the witch hunt — the greatest witch hunt in history." The Supreme Court waited months to act in the case. Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, whom Trump nominated to the high court, joined that decision. The court's order is a win for Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., who has been seeking Trump's tax records since 2019 as part of an investigation. It was those rulings that Trump had sought to put on hold.

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The Second Circuit panel saw the case much like the district judge did, but only the former's views matter. Hence the injunction to treat a complaint's factual assertions as true when deciding a 12(b) motion did not save this assertion because it failed the plausibility test.

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The investigation began as a look into alleged hush-money payments to Daniels and another woman who claimed to have had an affair with Trump, former Playboy model Karen McDougal, during Trump's 2016 campaign. Trump's attorneys could not know the exact scope of the grand jury investigation, and they equivocated in suggesting that the grand jury investigation was limited to the alleged payoffs. But a court that includes three Trump appointees waited through the election, Trump's challenge to his defeat and a month after Trump left office before issuing its order. It is now focused on the Trump Organization's business dealings. Hence the Second Circuit heard the case de novo, and should the Supreme Court accept Trump's appeal and reach the merits of the case, it too will render a de novo judgment. Vance has disclosed little about what prompted him to request the records. Vance has disclosed little about what prompted him to request the records. The ongoing investigation the records are part of could also become an issue for Trump in his life after the presidency. Moreover, the New York Times article that Trump's attorneys quoted to support its argument that the grand jury was only looking into hush money payoffs went on to report, in a portion Trump's attorneys did not mention, that the grand jury might be investigating other matters as well. Since the high court's ruling, in the Vance case, Trump's attorneys made additional arguments that his tax records should not be turned over, but they lost again in federal court in New York and on appeal. Court filings by Vance's prosecutors suggest that the investigation is looking into various allegations of impropriety, perhaps involving tax and insurance fraud.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — In a significant defeat for former President Donald Trump, the Supreme Court on Monday declined to step in to halt the turnover of his tax records to a New York prosecutor. In one court filing last year, however, prosecutors said they were justified in demanding the records because of public reports of "possibly extensive and protracted criminal conduct at the Trump Organization." Part of the probe involves payments to two women — porn actress Stormy Daniels and model Karen McDougal — to keep them quiet during the 2016 presidential campaign about alleged extramarital affairs with Trump. Vance's office had said it would be free to enforce the subpoena and obtain the records in the event the Supreme Court declined to step in and halt the records' turnover, but it was unclear when that might happen. If these considerations were not enough to prove the implausibility of this aspect of Trump's case, the panel judges knew from experience that grand jury investigations often expand beyond their initial focus. Trump has denied the affairs. Mazars has said it would comply with the subpoena, but Trump, a Republican, sued to block the records' release. In July, the justices in a 7-2 ruling rejected Trump's argument that the president is immune from investigation while he holds office or that a prosecutor must show a greater need than normal to obtain the tax records. The case the high court ruled in involves a grand jury subpoena for more than eight years of Trump's personal and corporate tax records.


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