WASHINGTON, DC, July 9, 2020 – In a stunning set-back for Trump, today the Supreme Court ruled that the president is not immune from scrutiny of his financial documents. In Trump v. Vance, the Court ruled 7–2 that New York state prosecutors can subpoena his tax returns, and in Trump v. Mazars, the Court ruled 7–2 that Congress has the power to subpoena his records as well. Because litigation will continue in both cases, neither decision guarantees the release of these returns — certainly not before the November election.
Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron issued the following statement:
“Today is a clear reminder of how important the courts are to the foundation of our democracy. Without checks against the president, there can be no separation of powers. Though today’s rulings leave several questions unanswered, the bottom line is that the president is not above the law. It’s now up to the lower courts to properly enforce these decisions to hold this president accountable for violating the law. Trump’s delay tactics won’t protect him forever.”