According to local media reports in the United States, on the 22nd local time, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the request of Trump’s lawyer team not to submit tax records to the New York grand jury, thus clearing the way for New York prosecutors to obtain the former president’s eight-year tax bill.
This follows a team of Trump lawyers fought for more than a year to keep state prosecutors from holding the president’s financial records.
However, it is reported that these documents will be limited by grand jury confidentiality rules and will not be released publicly in the short term.
Even if tax records are protected from public disclosure, this ruling is a tragic loss for Trump. Previously, he had thought that the subpoena issued by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance was too broad and malicious.
Last July, the Supreme Court rejected Trump’s claim that he was not subject to criminal subpoenas from the state that asked him to file taxes by a vote of 7 to 2 against, and said that as president, he was not entitled to any privileges higher than ordinary citizens.
The judges sent the case back to the lower court so that the president could raise more targeted objections to the scope of the subpoena.
Last October, a federal appeals court said that “the documents have no special significance other than financial or corporate misconduct that may be involved in a grand jury investigation.” Trump’s personal lawyers then sent the case back to the Supreme Court, urging the justice to suspend the lower court’s decision when considering whether to file an appeal.