Former president’s son Donald Trump Jr has criticized New York State and the Supreme Court for refusing a request by Donald Trump to prevent prosecutors from seeking his personal and corporate tax returns.
In a post on the conservative video platform Rumble, the 43-year-old called the decision a “witch hunt” on Monday, and called prosecutors a “People’s Republic of New York.”
“BS never ends,” Trump Jr. said in the four-minute video. “My father’s political persecution continues because a grossly partisan New York district attorney finally got the Supreme Court to accept their witch hunt.”
“It wouldn’t fly if a conservative lawyer did this to a liberal politician,” continued Trump Jr. “People would lose their minds – but living in the People’s Republic of New York they can get away with it because it doesn’t There is no control, balance, they know they will likely get a favorable judge and a jury that hates Donald Trump.
The former president has fought for years to keep his tax records private and is paving the way for a New York grand jury to review his much sought-after financial records.
The Supreme Court waited months to act on the case. The last of written submissions in the case was filed in October, but a tribunal that includes three of those appointed by Mr. Trump waited for the election, Mr. Trump’s challenge of his defeat and a month after his departure before make his order.
The court provided no explanation for the delay, and the legal question before the judges did not involve whether Mr. Trump was entitled to special deference because he was president.
The court order is a victory for Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., who has been seeking Mr. Trump’s tax records since 2019 as part of an investigation. Mr. Vance, a Democrat, had subpoenaed the records of the Mazars accounting firm, which has long worked for Mr. Trump and his companies.
Mazars said he would comply with the subpoena, but Mr Trump has filed a lawsuit to block the release of the tapes.
Mr Vance’s office had said it would be free to enforce the summons and obtain the files in the event the Supreme Court refused to step in and stop the flow of files, but it was not clear when. it could happen.
The case the High Court ruled in involves a subpoena to appear before a grand jury for more than eight years of Mr. Trump’s personal and corporate tax records. Mr. Vance has disclosed little of what prompted him to request the records.
In a case filed in court last year, however, prosecutors said they were justified in demanding the cases due to public reports of “criminal conduct possibly extended and prolonged in the Trump organization.”
Part of the investigation involves payments to two women – porn actress Stormy Daniels and model Karen McDougal – to keep them silent during the 2016 presidential campaign over alleged extramarital affairs with Trump. Trump has denied the business.
In July, judges in a 7-2 decision rejected Mr. Trump’s argument that the president is immune from investigation while he is in office or that a prosecutor must demonstrate a need for more larger than normal to get the tax records.
Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, whom Trump appointed to the High Court, joined in the decision. It was released before Mr. Trump’s third nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, replaced late Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg in court.
As part of its July ruling, the High Court referred the Vance case and a similar case involving files sought by Congress to lower courts. And the court prevented the handover of the files while the cases were unfolding.
Since the High Court ruling in the Vance case, Mr. Trump’s attorneys have made additional arguments that his tax records should not be turned over, but they lost again in New York federal court and on appeal. These are the decisions that Mr. Trump had sought to put on hold.
The Associated Press contributed to this report
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