Fahrenthold: What recent ruling means for Trump’s long-hidden tax returns

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Donald Trump assailed the U.S. Supreme Court's order on Monday denying him a stay and, therefore, allowing Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance to obtain his tax returns.

"So now, for more than two years, New York City has been looking at nearly 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 US", he said, adding that "the Tea Party was treated far better by the IRS than Donald Trump".

The ongoing investigation that the records are part of could also become an issue for Trump in his life after the presidency. Trump has called it "a fishing expedition" and "a continuation of the witch hunt - the greatest witch hunt in history". The case revolved around the state Supreme Court extending the deadline for mail in votes by three days. Even if charges are brought in the case, those documents likely would be heavily redacted if filed into the record. But a court that includes three Trump appointees waited through the election, Mr Trump's challenge to his defeat and a month after Mr Trump left office before issuing its order.

The US Supreme Court building in Washington, May 3, 2020.

The court offered no explanation for the delay, and the legal issue before the justices did not involve whether Trump was due any special deference because he was president.

Trump, 74, has been waging a protracted legal battle to prevent his tax records from being handed over to NY prosecutors probing hush payments to women and possible fraud. Vance had won at almost every stage of the litigation surrounding the August 2019 subpoena issued against the Trump's accounting firm, Mazars USA LLP.

But the 7-2 decision in Trump vs. Vance did not end the legal fight. US Representative Bennie Thomas, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee has sued Mr Trump, arguing that his leading up to the riot at the US Capitol on January 6 violates federal law. "I would look at it in that way, that if this provides us some insight into what Trump was really doing behind closed doors at his business, then we maybe have a little more information about to evaluate him for next time".

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Will Hurd told NBC's Meet the Press: 'This is a president that lost the House, the Senate, the White House in four years. John McCain's widow Cindy said the part would "probably" split over Trump.

The investigation was initially triggered by the February 2019 congressional testimony of Michael Cohen, formerly Trump's personal lawyer and an executive of the Trump Organization, who said he facilitated payments on Trump's behalf to hush up Stormy Daniels, a woman who claims to have had an affair with Trump. Trump has denied the sexual encounter.

Earlier this month, a prosecutor in Atlanta announced a investigation into whether the former President's pressure on state officials to overturn the election results amounted to criminal conduct.

Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, whom Trump nominated to the high court, joined that decision.

Chief Justice John Roberts and the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg were responsible for Trump not getting what he wanted.

Trump's attorneys asked the high court to intervene in the case after losing the legal battles in lower courts.

Justice Clarence Thomas led the effort to help Trump challenge Pennsylvania election procedures. Vance's investigation is running parallel to a separate one overseen by New York State Attorney General Letitia James, which is also looking into whether Trump kept two sets of books and whether his family business misrepresented assets to pay less in taxes. Mr Trump later retweeted a post that put the sketch next to a photo of Ms Clifford's ex-husband with a mocking message suggesting the two men resembled each other.

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