Does Donald Trump have something to hide? For years, the ex-US president has been fighting against the disclosure of his financial documents. Now the US Supreme Court has ruled against him.
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Former US President Donald Trump has suffered another defeat in the dispute over his withheld tax returns. The US Supreme Court on Monday dismissed Trump’s motion to block a handover of financial documents to the New York prosecutor’s office. The Supreme Court did not give a reason. Manhattan’s District Attorney Cyrus Vance said in a brief statement: “The work continues.”
Among other things, Vance wants to view Trump’s tax returns from 2011 to 2018 and has requested the documents from Trump’s accounting firm Mazars. However, the former president wants to prevent the public prosecutor from receiving the documents and has therefore gone to court.
Trump does not have “absolute immunity”
The Supreme Court inflicted a defeat on Trump in July of last year. The constitutional judges ruled that the then president did not enjoy “absolute immunity” from prosecution. The legal battles continued, however, and ended up again before the Supreme Court. This now decided again in favor of the public prosecutor.
Vance had launched an investigation into suspected hush money payments to the porn actress Stormy Daniels and a former “Playboy” model, who said they had affairs with Trump years ago. Court documents suggest that the investigations are now much broader: Accordingly, there is also suspicion of banking and insurance fraud at the Trump Organization, in which Trump’s business activities are bundled.
Does Trump have something to hide?
Trump’s financial records have been the subject of speculation and legal battles for years. The real estate entrepreneur is extremely cautious about his finances, which repeatedly leads to suspicions that he has something to hide. Trump was the first president since Richard Nixon (1969 to 1974) to refuse disclosure of his tax returns.
The Republican resigned from the White House on January 20. He had clearly lost the November 3rd presidential election to Democrat Joe Biden.
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