The supreme Court deals a major setback to Trump on his tax returns

La Cour suprême inflige un revers majeur à Trump sur ses déclarations d’impôt

The supreme Court of the United States has imposed on Thursday, a setback in Donald Trump, in holding that a prosecutor in new york was entitled to claim the accounting archives of the american president, including his tax returns, but was blocked, for the moment, their transfer to the Congress.

Its two decisions, taken each by a majority of seven judges out of nine, should not, however, allow american citizens to know more about the finances of the billionaire republican before the presidential election of November 3, which he represents.

“The supreme Court returns the case to a lower court, the debates continue. This is a prosecution policy, ” immediately tweeted Donald Trump.

In a first decision, the supreme Court has clearly contradicted the president, who, since her entry into office enjoy absolute immunity as long as he is in the White House.

“No citizen, not even the president, cannot avoid having to produce documents in the event of a criminal investigation,” wrote the chief justice John Roberts on behalf of the majority. “The president does not enjoy an absolute immunity in the face of the orders of the prosecutors of justice of the States “, she added.

A attorney new york, who is investigating a possible violation of the laws on the financing of electoral campaigns, therefore, may claim elements of evidence, in this instance, a series of financial documents, relating to its business between 2010 and 2018.

“Not above the law”

“This is a huge victory for our justice system and its founding principle that no one – not even the president – is above the law,” responded Cyrus Vance, the prosecutor in Manhattan who is overseeing this investigation.

But the inquiries are being conducted by a grand jury, a group of citizens drawn at random, which operates in the greatest secrecy, and, in theory, nothing should be made public.

In a second judgment, the high court has blocked the immediate transmission of similar documents requested by the Congress. She has referred this application to the courts asking the judges to take into account a series of criteria for evaluating whether the injunctions parliamentarians were justified.

For the leader of the democrats in the House of representatives, Nancy Pelosi, that decision is “not good news” for the president.

“Even if she asks for more information on the Congress, the Court reaffirmed the authority of the Congress to conduct supervision missions (of the executive) on behalf of the american people “, as she believed, by promising that the elected democrats would continue to ” seek the truth, in particular on the links between the president and Russia “.

Unlike all his predecessors since the 1970s, Donald Trump, who has made his fortune an argument of the campaign, refuses to publish his tax returns. Its lack of transparency fuels speculation about the extent of his wealth or potential conflicts of interest.

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To try to find out more, three committees of the House of representatives, in the hands of the democrats, had requested in 2019 at Mazars, but also to the banks, Deutsche Bank and Capital One in a series of financial documents bearing on the affairs of Donald Trump between 2010 and 2018, but also on those of her loved ones including her children.

In parallel, the attorney for Manhattan Cyrus Vance, a democrat, has asked the accounting firm Mazars to provide financial records to Donald Trump over the same period to shed light on a payment made during the campaign of 2016 to the actress pornographic Stormy Daniels.

Trump reacts

“This is political persecution. I won the “witch-hunt” of Mueller, and others, and now I have to fight against New York (the ” attorney-editor’s NOTE) “, he mentioned in a series of tweets posted shortly after the judgment. “Unfair for this presidency and this government “, said the president of the United States.

-With Journaldemontréal.com

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