Setback for Trump as US top court rules for handover of his tax returns

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The Supreme Court in the United States has delivered a split verdict on subpoenas for President Donald Trump’s tax returns and financial records. — Courtesy photo
The Supreme Court in the United States has delivered a split verdict on subpoenas for President Donald Trump’s tax returns and financial records. — Courtesy photo

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court in the United States has delivered a split verdict on subpoenas for President Donald Trump’s tax returns and financial records, unanimously rejecting his broadest claims of “absolute” immunity in a New York state criminal investigation but rejecting parallel efforts by Democrats in the House of Representatives.

As per the ruling, a New York prosecutor can obtain Trump's financial records but they cannot be handed over to the Democratic-led lower house as of now.

The split decision marks the first time that the nation’s highest court has directly ruled on a matter involving Trump’s personal dealings. Trump has refused to release his tax records to the public even as he mounts a bid for reelection.

The ruling means the American public is unlikely to learn about Trump’s financial records or tax information before November’s election.

But the top court’s ruling seems to have infuriated the US president who took to Twitter to slam the verdict.

“The Supreme Court sends case back to Lower Court, arguments to continue. This is all a political prosecution. I won the Mueller Witch Hunt, and others, and now I have to keep fighting in a politically corrupt New York. Not fair to this Presidency or Administration!” Trump said in a tweet.

“Courts in the past have given “broad deference”. BUT NOT ME! ... for another President. This is about PROSECUTORIAL MISCONDUCT. We catch the other side SPYING on my campaign, the biggest political crime and scandal in US history, and NOTHING HAPPENS. But despite this, I have done more than any President in history in first 3 1/2 years!” he added. — Agencies


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