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Supreme Court Rules Trump Cannot Keep Taxes, Records Secret

The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that President Donald Trump is not immune from the Manhattan district attorney’s attempt to get his taxes.

The Manhattan district attorney’s office sought to obtain Trump’s tax returns as part of its probe into hush-money payments to two women, although the justices said he can fight House Democrats’ attempt to obtain financial records from the Trump Organization’s accounting firm and two banks.

In two 7-2 verdicts, the justices ruled the president was not immune from subpoenas and criminal investigations, adding that an investigation from Democrat-led House Committees was too broad, and that the justices claimed limitless powers to pry into Trump’s financial dealings that they do not have.

“The President is neither absolutely immune from state criminal subpoenas seeking his private papers nor entitled to a heightened standard of need,” a first verdict from Chief Justice John Roberts read.

Trump tweeted that efforts to gain his financial information amount to “a political prosecution.”

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