President Donald Trump has promised on multiple occasions to release his tax returns but failed every single time. Now Trump is asking the Supreme Court to block a subpoena for his tax returns, and this will act as a test of the President’s ability to violate the investigations. Surprisingly, all the other modern Presidents of the United States released their tax returns, unlike Trump. It is also presumed that justice could support Trump’s claims as sitting presidents can’t be prosecuted or investigated for crimes.
Jay Sekulow, chief counsel at the American Center for Law & Justice, said - “Allowing criminal investigation against the sitting President and subpoenaed would most likely be an indictment itself. It will also distract him from many important duties of his office.” Lower courts that already heard the case rejected Trump’s claims of immunity. At the time of arguments in a New York courtroom. Trump’s lawyer said - “ even if Trump shoots someone, he is immune from state criminal law because he’s the president.” This statement from Trump’s lawyer was about his comment in the campaign trail in 2016. During Trump’s 2016 campaign trail, he said, “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn’t lose any voters, OK?”
The entire US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit voted not to consider the earlier panel opinion. There are two appointees of Trump in the nine-member Supreme Court panel, Justice Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh. We’ll have to wait and watch if President Trump can violate the law as he is always known for.
Joe Biden, former Vice President, took Twitter to express his views on the issue. Biden has been vocal in asking Trump to release his tax returns or shut his mouth.
Here’s the tweet from Joe Biden:
The American people deserve to know what the most corrupt president in modern history is hiding in his tax returns. https://t.co/QMMT8FEs3E— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) November 17, 2019
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