Former President Donald Trump’s critics on the left spent much of his term in office attempting to gain access to his financial records — particularly his tax returns.
In a decision on Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court all but guaranteed that a New York prosecutor would be able to obtain those documents, prompting an angry response from Trump.
“The greatest political Witch Hunt”
As Reuters explained, the high court shot down a request from the former president’s attorneys to stay a previous court order paving the way for Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance to finally get his hands on Trump’s tax returns.
In a scathing public response, Trump shot back at the Supreme Court, calling the ruling a “continuation of the greatest political Witch Hunt in the history of our Country.”
During Trump’s time in the White House, a number of prominent Democrats attempted to make their case for securing the release of the financial documents, claiming that the then-president had not been completely honest about tax-related issues.
Some ethics experts even suggested that reports of enormous debts that the real estate mogul owed — to the tune of $400 million — might have constituted a threat to national security.
Vance’s investigation reportedly revolves around a number of “hush money” payments made by Trump’s lawyer to several women with whom he was accused of having affairs — notably former Playboy model Karen McDougal and the adult film actress known professionally as Stormy Daniels.
“What is done in third world countries”
The prosecutor upped his game in recent court filings that suggest there might be a broader investigation into the Trump Organization’s financial picture, involving allegations of tax fraud, falsification of business records, and other white-collar crimes.
Of course, Vance is not the only Trump rival attempting to get ahold of these financial records. In light of the latest development, the former president fired back at the Supreme Court ruling, which contained not dissents or additional remarks that provided any context.
“The new phenomenon of ‘headhunting’ prosecutors and AGs — who try to take down their political opponents using the law as a weapon is a threat to the very foundation of our liberty,” Trump wrote. “That’s what is done in third world countries.”
Monday’s ruling appears to mean that Vance has cleared the final hurdle between his office and the Trump tax returns.
Only time will tell how the district attorney and others respond to the documents, but the news seems to confirm that Trump will remain in the crosshairs of his leftist foes for some time to come.