Last autumn, a federal appeals court gave the green light for the prosecution in New York to have access to the then president’s tax reports.
Trump’s lawyers appealed the case to prevent the public prosecutor in Manhattan from accessing tax documents that cover a period of eight years.
The ruling from the Supreme Court is described in the American media as a serious setback for Trump. It also means that a preliminary end is being drawn for a long legal tug of war that has already been heard by the Supreme Court once earlier in the process.
The ruling does not automatically mean that the tax returns will be published for everyone to read, but it is still a defeat for Trump. He fought on many fronts to be able to shield his income conditions for all government agencies.
Hanging by him
At the prosecution in New York, these documents will now be part of a broader investigation of Trump’s financial dispositions and for a long time affect his life as a former president.
Trump himself has described the investigation as “a fishing trip and a culmination of the largest witch hunt in history.”
The president’s lawyers have argued that the request for access had to be rejected because it was too extensive and was to be regarded as “political harassment” by the prosecution.
The Supreme Court has now chosen to ignore this.
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