Trump decries ‘political prosecution’ after SC rulings
WASHINGTON (Monitoring Desk): President Trump claimed Thursday that he was being treated differently than his predecessors after the Supreme Court ruled that a New York prosecutor can see his financial records and left the door open to Congress examining them — while Democrats said the outcome from a nearly unified court showed that the president is not above the law.
In tweets following a pair of decisions, Trump decried what he called a “political prosecution” in New York and complained that the case would continue, responding to the justices’ decision to send it back to a lower court for additional consideration.
The Supreme Court also directed additional consideration over whether House Democrats could get access to Trump’s tax returns and other records — both moves that mean that the public is unlikely to see those documents before the November election.
On Twitter, Trump seized on the first decision, complaining that the Supreme Court issued a “delay ruling that they would never have given for another President.”
“The Supreme Court sends case back to Lower Court, arguments to continue,” Trump wrote. “This is all a political prosecution. … I have to keep fighting in a politically corrupt New York. Not fair to this Presidency or Administra-tion! … Courts in the past have given ‘broad deference’. BUT NOT ME!”
In both cases, the justices ruled 7 to 2, with Trump nominees Neil Gor-such and Brett Kavanaugh joining the majorities.
Democrats pointed to the near unity among justices in arguing that Trump was being held to account after long resisting the demands of Congress and prosecutors.
Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, used the occasion to taunt Trump, who broke with precedent for presidential candidates by refusing to voluntarily release his tax returns.
The former vice president shared his tweet from October in which he noted that he had released 21 years of his tax returns, adding, “Release yours or shut up.”
“As I was saying,” Biden added in a new message directed at Trump.
While House Democrats will not have immediate access to Trump’s financial records, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said the ruling in the case related to congressional oversight is “not good news for the president of the United States.”
“What was at stake is, is this president above the la-w?” she told reporters at h-er weekly news conference.
Pressed by reporters about the inability of Congress or local prosecutors to get the tax records before the election, Pelosi said that legal scholars had warned her that there was “never any way” that the Supreme Court would rule in such a manner to immediately provide those documents to the relevant House committees.