"This is something which has never happened to a President before," said Trump, who broke the 40-year tradition of presidents revealing their tax returns while in office.
For years, Donald Trump has fought to ensure that his financial records never saw the light of day. But now, his accountants have no choice but to reveal the former president's tax returns after the Supreme Court negated Trump's efforts to keep the records hidden.
Before he was elected as the country's president, Trump promised to show his tax records in due time but spent the next four years dodging the idea, becoming the first president in 40 years to refuse to release his tax returns while in office—a tradition that was upheld since Jimmy Carter's term, according to CNN.
However, the Supreme Court's ruling has stalled Trump's long battle to keep his records from reaching the hands of investigators, who are looking for possible financial crimes that he may have committed, as reported by The New York Times.
Breaking News: The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a last-ditch bid by Donald Trump to shield his financial records. His accountants will give them to New York prosecutors.https://t.co/QBBUOZqOLd— The New York Times (@nytimes) February 22, 2021
Now, Manhattan district attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. will gain access to Trump's personal and corporate tax returns for the last eight years, along with other financial records.
Following the ruling, Trump released a lengthy statement about how his tax returns were dragged into what he often calls the greatest "witch hunt" against him.
The high court's action is a blow to Mr Trump who has long fought on so many fronts to keep his tax records shielded from view https://t.co/OvCWTNFcDr— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) February 23, 2021
"It just never ends!" Trump wrote from his 45 Office email account, as quoted by Boston Herald. "The Supreme Court never should have let this 'fishing expedition' happen. This investigation is a continuation of the greatest political Witch Hunt in the history of our Country... It just never ends!"
"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," the former president went on to say. "...This is something which has never happened to a President before, 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."
Over the past few months, Trump has been claiming that it was he who won the 2020 presidential elections. And this time was no different. He added, "These are attacks by Democrats willing to do anything to stop the almost 75 million people (the most votes, by far, ever gotten by a sitting president) who voted for me in the election—an election which many people, and experts, feel that I won. I agree!"
Ending his statement in response to the Supreme Court refusing to keep his tax records blocked, Trump said, "I will fight on, just as I have, for the last five years (even before I was successfully elected), despite all of the election crimes that were committed against me. We will win!"
Although prosecutors can now start sieving through Trump's financial records for any wrongdoings, the records will not be released to the public since they are handed to a grand jury and have to follow secrecy rules, as reported by CNN.
After the Supreme Court's decision, Vance celebrated the order by saying no more than three words: "The work continues."
The work continues.— Cyrus Vance, Jr. (@ManhattanDA) February 22, 2021
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