The Supreme Court on Thursday struck down President Donald Trump’s efforts to stop New York investigators from subpoenaing his taxes and financial documents.
The court ruled 7-2 in favor of the Manhattan district attorney’s office, which subpoenaed the president’s tax returns as it investigates whether he or his business violated state laws.
In a separate 7-2 ruling, the court also determined that Congress has the power to subpoena the president’s financial records, but it sent the matter down to the lower courts to assess “significant separation of powers concerns.”
In both cases, Chief Justice John Roberts delivered the majority opinion, in which Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan joined.
Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch filed a concurring opinion in the judgment against Trump tied to his fight against releasing his tax returns and financial records, while Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito filed dissenting opinions in both cases.
Although the rulings are a legal blow to Trump’s long-running efforts to shield his records from investigators, they don’t necessarily mean Congress, investigators or the public will see his taxes or other revealing financial information any time soon.
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