Former President Donald Trump let the Supreme Court have it over a Monday decision to allow his tax records to be turned over to a New York grand jury.
“This investigation is a continuation of the greatest political Witch Hunt in the history of our Country,” Trump said in a statement. “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 45th president added.
“The Tea Party was treated far better by the IRS than Donald Trump. The Supreme Court never should have let this ‘fishing expedition’ happen, but they did,” he said.
NOW – Trump responds to the Supreme Court decision on his tax returns. pic.twitter.com/jPGQAQ0g6S
— Disclose.tv 🚨 (@disclosetv) February 22, 2021
Trump went on to argue that the use of “headhunting” prosecutors against political foes is a new phenomenon in American politics and “is a threat to the very foundation of our liberty.”
“That’s what is done in third world countries,” he continued. “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.”
Trump pledged to fight on as he has done for the last several years.
Vance responded to the Supreme Court’s ruling saying in a three-word statement, “The work continues.”
BREAKING: After 4 months of inaction, SCOTUS in a one-sentence unsigned order declines Trump’s request to further postpone enforcement of a Manhattan DA subpoena for his financial records. The order clears the way for a NY grand jury to obtain the records & review them in secret.
— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) February 22, 2021
The scope of Vance’s probe is not known, but it arose, partially, from “hush-money” payments made to two women claiming they had affairs with Trump.
Court filings suggest prosecutors are also looking into potential crimes related to tax and insurance fraud.
The Washington Post reported that the grand jury subpoena seeks eight years of Trump’s tax records.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in October, “Any documents produced under the Mazars subpoena would be protected from public disclosure by grand jury secrecy rules.”
“There is nothing to suggest,” the panel added, “that these are anything but run-of-the-mill documents typically relevant to a grand jury investigation into possible financial or corporate misconduct.”