Former president Donald Trump on Monday decried the Supreme Court's decision not to halt the turnover of his tax records to a ny prosecutor, condemning investigations by progressive officials into their political opponents as "fascism, not justice".
Mr Trump has denied claims of wrongdoing in his business deals, calling the investigation "a fishing expedition" and "a continuation of the witch hunt - the greatest witch hunt in history".
"That's fascism, not justice - and that is exactly what they are trying to do with respect to me, except that the people of our Country won't stand for it", the statement reads.
The Supreme Court's action does not require Trump to do anything.
Dave says he asks this because there seems to be a real debate in the Republican Party over whether they are Republicans or Trump supporters.
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A Mazars spokesman said the company "remains committed to fulfilling all of our professional and legal obligations".
President Trump called the Supreme Court's recent decision to allow the release of his tax returns "continuing political persecution".
The 2019 Trump administration provision barred health clinics from receiving federal family planning funds if they provided referrals for abortions, prompting organizations including Planned Parenthood to withdraw from the Title X program.
Vance's office had said that it would be free to enforce the subpoena and obtain the records in the event that the Supreme Court declined to step in and halt the records' turnover, but it was unclear when that might happen. The Supreme Court held previous year as well that a sitting president is not absolutely immune from the state criminal process. But a court that includes three Trump appointees waited through the election, Mr Trump's challenge to his defeat and a month after Mr Trump left office before issuing its order. Vance had won at almost every stage of the litigation surrounding the August 2019 subpoena issued against the Trump's accounting firm, Mazars USA LLP. Trump's lawyers sued to block the subpoena, arguing that a sitting president has absolute immunity from state criminal investigations.
His lawyers had urged the court to block the subpoenas issued by a NY grand jury on the grounds they were overly broad and politically motivated. But that argument was dismissed by a federal judge and a panel of the Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit.
Part of the probe involves payments to two women - porn actress Stormy Daniels and model Karen McDougal - to keep them quiet during the 2016 presidential campaign about alleged extramarital affairs with Trump. Making false statements on loan documents or tax filings can be prosecuted as fraud.
"The Supreme Court has now proclaimed that no one is above the law".
Meanwhile, Trump himself ended the statement with the characteristic gesture towards something more: that he's the victim, but he won't back down anytime soon. And the court prevented the records from being turned over while the cases proceeded.
In separate litigation, the Democratic-led US House of Representatives is seeking similar Trump records from Mazars and Deutsche Bank.
The New York Times reported last year that Trump had paid $750 in federal income taxes in both 2016 and 2017, and no income taxes in 10 of the prior 15 years, reflecting chronic business losses that he used to avoid paying taxes.