The U.S. Supreme Court delivered two gigantic rulings late last week regarding President Donald Trump’s tax returns.
In one case, the court ruled 7 to 2 ruling that the Manhattan, New York, district attorney can subpoena Trump’s tax records.
But in the other case, the court ruled that congressional Democrats can’t have access to Trump’s financial records.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff isn’t bothering to hide his frustration about it and promised to continue fighting to get Trump’s records.
The House Financial Services and Intelligence Committees subpoenaed Trump’s records from Deutsche Bank and Capital One.
The House Oversight Committee also wants documents from Mazars USA, an accounting firm that the president has used for years.
The Supreme Court ruled that House Democrats can’t have access to the president’s financial records.
No one is above the law, not even the President of the United States.
Nor are they immune from congressional oversight or criminal investigation, no matter how much they endeavor to delay or evade them.
My statement on the Supreme Court decision this morning: pic.twitter.com/a31B0sgSIX
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) July 9, 2020
“We will go back to the district court,” the Washington Examiner quoted Schiff as telling MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell. “We are very confident we can meet these new tests that the Supreme Court enumerated, this four-part test.”
“And, so, we will prevail, but again, if we get the records and they show, in fact, that the president is beholden, does have financial entanglements that might explain, you know, for example, this bizarre affinity for Vladimir Putin and Russia or his interest in Turkey’s Erdogan or Saudi Arabia or other financial interests that are guiding and warping U.S. policy, if we don’t get that for months until — you know, from months from now, it means the country continues to be in jeopardy during that delay.”
Schiff also went after Attorney General Bill Barr.
“He takes the legal view that essentially the president can’t violate the law because he is the law,” Schiff complained, “and Bill Barr is essentially the hand of the president to implement his will. It’s why the Justice Department under Barr doesn’t represent justice.”
“It doesn’t represent the public interest. It is essentially like a second defense attorney and defense counsel for the president,” Schiff continued.
“But, you know, thankfully, you know, as I mentioned, we have a, once again, an affirmation even by justices that Donald Trump appointed that, no, as 200 years of jurisprudence demonstrates, this president is not above the law,” he stressed.
“He must comply with the legal process,” Schiff insisted. “You know, the difficulty is that Bill Barr and Donald Trump will do everything they can to delay.”
Democrats have been trying desperately to get their hands on the last several years of Trump’s tax returns.
Not because they would be able to understand what they are reading, but because they want political ammunition and anything they can use to defeat the president in the upcoming election.