Federal probes into President Donald Trump and his administration remain ongoing months after he was acquitted in the U.S. Senate to end an impeachment trial earlier this year.
On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero issued his ruling that the president must turn over his tax returns as part of a lawsuit filed by the Manhattan district attorney’s office in New York, as reported by the Associated Press.
Legal battle continues
The latest ripple in this continuing narrative could result in Trump’s attorneys once again arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Marrero, who was appointed by President Bill Clinton, bolstered the case of prosecutors attempting to dig up dirt on Trump and his closest associates by handing down his latest ruling.
This week’s decision marked the second time he determined the president is not immune to the district attorney’s request for his financial records.
While the case previously escalated to the nation’s highest court, justices kicked it back down to the lower court for a decision. An appeal could spark an extended legal battle.
“The President is neither absolutely immune from state criminal subpoenas seeking his private papers nor entitled to a heightened standard of need,” wrote Chief Justice John Roberts in a majority opinion.
“The greatest witch hunt in history”
In response to Marrero’s ruling, Trump spoke out to voice his opposition, as reported by the New York Post.
“This is a continuation of the witch hunt, the greatest witch hunt in history,” he said. “There’s never been anything like it, where people want to examine every deal you’ve ever done to see if they can find that there’s a comma out of place.”
Later declaring that none of his predecessors “ever had to go through this,” Trump denounced the Supreme Court’s role in the matter. He cited an earlier ruling in making the argument that the justices should have decided in his favor.
“Well, the Supreme Court said if it’s a fishing expedition, you don’t have to do it, and this is a fishing expedition,” he said.
Trump has sounded the alarm of “witch hunts” being pursued against him throughout his first term. Decisions like this one are sure to fuel further speculation among the president’s millions of supporters.