President Donald Trump is upset. On Thursday the Supreme Court ruled 7-2 that the president must turn over his tax returns, business and personal financial records if a New York prosecutor decides to subpoena them. Trump’s belief that he has total immunity from being investigated while being in office has been officially refuted.
“In our judicial system, ‘the public has a right to every man’s evidence,’” Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote in the New York case, citing an ancient maxim. “Since the earliest days of the Republic, ‘every man’ has included the President of the United States.”
In response to the ruling Trump expressed his anger on Twitter.
Adding fuel to the fire, both of Trump’s nominees Gorsuch and Kavanaugh ruled against him. Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito dissented.
While today was a legal defeat for Trump, politically speaking today was a victory for the Trump administration. The court rejected the House’s ruling to get Trumps tax returns, they said that the lower courts in New York may get them though. This means that the public will not be able to see his tax returns before the election as the Trump administration can now fight this case in New York.
This was a monumental ruling however you look at it. The 45th President of the United States is, for the very first time in his tenure, not above the law.