On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled against Donald Trump in his efforts to block New York prosecutors from getting their hands on his tax records. In a statement, the former president criticized the investigation as a “continuation of the greatest political Witch Hunt in the history of our country.”
“It never ends!” Trump said. “So now, for more than two years, New York City has been looking at almost every transaction I’ve ever done, including seeking tax returns which were done by among the biggest and most prestigious law and accounting firms in the U.S.”
Trump said that the Supreme Court “should have never let this ‘fishing expedition’ happen, but they did.”
“This is something which has never happened to a President before,” sneered Trump. “It is all Democrat-inspired in a totally Democrat location, New York City and State, completely controlled and dominated by a heavily reported enemy of mine, Governor Andrew Cuomo.”
Trump said that the investigation was being led not just by his political enemies but by prosecutors looking to make their careers on the back of a case that is certain to put their names in the spotlight.
“That’s what is done in third world countries,” he said. “Even worse are those who run for prosecutorial or attorney general offices in far-left states and jurisdictions pledging to take out a political opponent. That’s fascism, not justice—and that is exactly what they are trying to do with respect to me, except that the people of our Country won’t stand for it.”
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance is sure to celebrate the court’s ruling, seeing as it gives him an almost unlimited view of Trump’s financial picture.
The AP explains:
Trump’s accounting firm, Mazars USA, is supposed to turn over not only the final versions of Trump’s tax returns, but also draft versions of those returns and “any and all statements of financial condition, annual statements, periodic financial reports, and independent auditors’ reports” held by the company.
That could give state prosecutors an “open book” into Trump’s finances, said Adam D. Citron, a former state prosecutor and partner at Davidoff Hutcher & Citron. “It’s really the kitchen sink.”
Examining those other documents could be key to determining whether Trump or his companies gave tax authorities different information about his income than they presented to other officials, like banks and business partners.
Vance has not given a clear explanation of what, exactly, his office hopes to find in Trump’s taxes, or, indeed, what his investigation is trying to find. Over the months, his office has signaled issues with payments Trump allegedly gave to porn star Stormy Daniels, the way he valued his assets when trying to secure bank loans, and problems with certain tax breaks he received.
This inexact focus gives credence to Trump’s assertion that this is, at the end of the day, just another witch hunt.