Feb. 22 — Monday, the U.S., in a one-sentence order The Supreme Court allowed a grand jury in New York City to look into the tax returns of former President Donald Trump as part of a criminal investigation, something he has been battling for years to block.A appeal from Trump’s lawyers to set aside an October decision from a lower court ordering accounting firm Mazars USA to turn the financial documents over to a Manhattan grand jury was rejected by the high court.
Last July, the Supreme Court ruled 7-2 that Trump did not have immunity from a criminal subpoena by the state. The Trump legal team argued that the then-president was entitled to an improved norm that regular people were unavailable to.”The application for a stay presented to Justice [Stephen] Breyer and referred to the court is denied,” the court said Monday in its ruling.The move helps Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance to move forward with the case and allow Trump’s tax returns to be seen by the grand jury.
The subpoenas from Vance cover January 2011 to August 2019 and contain tax returns from Mazars USA, the long-standing accounting firm of Trump. The inquiry, which started more than two years ago, investigates “hush money” payments made before the 2016 election by former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen to two women—adult film actress Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal. They both said that they and Trump had sexual affairs.”The work continues,” after Monday’s decision, Vance said in a tweet. Trump’s lawyers had argued that making his tax returns public threatens to undermine the immunity provided to former presidents.