- It is a definitive defeat in the long battle ignited by President Trump to prevent his documents from ending up in the hands of investigators.
- The Supreme Court also announced that it will review the Trump administration’s policies on federal subsidies for family planning.
- On the immigration front, justices will rule on policies that had given the government more freedom to deny green cards and US visas.
The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has rejected former President Donald Trump’s request to stop the delivery of his tax returns to New York state authorities. The ex-president had been withholding his tax returns for eight years, an unprecedented situation in the modern history of American presidents.
However, it is not certain that these tax documents will be made public. According to local media, SCOTUS has ruled that the documents will be subject to the rules of secrecy of the grand jury, which therefore limits their publication.
It is a definitive defeat in the long battle ignited by the former president to prevent his documents from ending up in the hands of investigators.
Now, Manhattan attorney Cyrus Vance can get the tax documents for the past eight years that President Trump has consistently refused to hand over to investigators and Congress until the court made the decision.
Mr. Vance is investigating payments made by then-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen to former adult film star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal to buy their silence about alleged sexual relations with Mr. Trump.
Last year, Manhattan prosecutors issued a document delivery warrant against the US company Mazars, which holds President Trump’s personal and corporate tax returns, and three financial institutions used by him and the Trump Organization.
Meanwhile, President Trump, who escaped two impeachments, is expected at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Sunday in Orlando, Florida. CPAC moved from its traditional home in the Washington, DC area to Florida, the state where almost the entire Trump family has moved.
It is from that stage that the former president intends to relaunch his race for the White House and his takeover bid for the Republican Party. President Trump counts on a political action committee, Save America PAC, which already has $75 million, and on a database with tens of millions of names.
This week, there will be a first meeting in Mar-a-Lago to plan the next moves and to fine-tune the machine for the 2022 midterm elections. President Trump hopes to field loyal candidates against those who have turned their backs on him.
It doesn’t end there, because the Supreme Court also announced that it will review the Trump administration’s policies on federal subsidies for family planning and its “public charge” policy intended to restrict immigration.
The justices said they are considering the legality of the Trump administration’s rules that prohibited federal family planning grants to health clinics offering on-site abortions or abortion referrals. The lower courts divided over the legality of President Trump’s approach and called for the intervention of the Supreme Court.
On the immigration front, justices will rule on policies that had given the government more freedom to deny green cards and US visas to people using public assistance programs or who may rely on such programs in the future.