On Thursday, Donald Trump threw a temper tantrum on Twitter after a pair of Supreme Court rulings pertaining to his tax records. Trump used Twitter to call the decisions “not fair” and a “witch hunt.”
Trump made a series of rambling tweets attacking Democrats and former President Barack Obama stating that he had been unfairly targeted while others he alleged face no scrutiny at all.
The Supreme Court decisions really weren’t major losses for Trump who is unlikely to be forced to release his personal tax information any time soon. But the Supreme Court did refuse to side with Trump’s argument that the presidency offers him protection from the investigation.
“This is all a political prosecution” Trump tweeted. “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!”
“Courts in the past have given ‘broad deference,'” he added. “BUT NOT ME!”
Trump’s Twitter rants came shortly after the Supreme Court ruled in a 7-2 decision that Trump is not immune from the Manhattan District Attorney’s efforts to obtain his taxes as part of an investigation into hush payments to two women Trump wanted to remain silent about affairs, he had with them both.
Now the cases will now return to lower courts. It is unlikely the cases will be resolved before the elections.
In the majority ruling on Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance’s efforts to obtain Trump’s tax documents, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the decision that in the U.S. judicial system, “the public has a right to every man’s evidence.”
“Two hundred years ago, a great jurist of our Court established that no citizen, not even the president, is categorically above the common duty to produce evidence when called upon in a criminal proceeding,” he said. “We reaffirm that principle today.”
Roberts added that the court could not accept Trump’s argument that he holds absolute immunity from the criminal investigation because he is president.