The Supreme Court on Monday ruled against Donald Trump, rebuffing a bid by the former president to shield his tax returns and other financial records from a New York grand jury subpoena.
The justices issued the order in the long-running dispute between Trump and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. (D) without comment or noted dissents. The move deals a massive loss to Trump, who has fiercely fought to shield his financial papers from prosecutors.
The court’s order comes in response to an emergency request Trump filed in October to the Supreme Court after losing several rounds in the lower courts.
Vance’s office is looking into payments made to silence two women who allege they had affairs with Trump, including adult-film star Stormy Daniels. Trump’s former attorney and fixer, Michael Cohen, who pleaded guilty to bank fraud, tax fraud and campaign finance law violations, has said the payments were made in order to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.
Additionally, Vance’s office has said its subpoena is part of an investigation into possible financial crimes by the Trump Organization.
Vance celebrated the order, saying in a tweet, “The work continues.”
The work continues.
— Cyrus Vance, Jr. (@ManhattanDA) February 22, 2021
Trump’s legal team did not immediately respond to a Daily Boulder’s request for comment.