Eight Years of Trump’s Tax Returns Brought to Light

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President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the Monroe Civic Center, in Monroe, La
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Mandatory Credit: Photo by Evan Vucci/AP/Shutterstock (10468126z) President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the Monroe Civic Center, in Monroe, La Election 2020 Trump, Monroe, USA - 06 Nov 2019

Nicholas Millard, National and World News

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On November 4th, 2019, U.S. President Donald Trump’s appeal to keep eight years of his tax returns failed. This is in the face of many other attempts to keep his tax returns under lock and key since his campaign back in 2016. though this is a bit different because this could lead to a supreme court challenge.

Earlier this year, the Manhattan Attorney Office issued a subpoena to Trump’s accounting firm forcing them to turn over eight years of his tax returns. Later, Trump fired back, suing the attorney’s office. He claimed that he is protected by the constitution, meaning that he can not be criminally prosecuted while he is in office. A district judge disagreed and dismissed it. Trump then appealed by taking it up to the second circuit court.  There they ruled that while yes, the U.S. constitution does protect a president from being prosecuted criminally, it doesn’t say that it can ask a third party for information on a president, like say, his tax returns. In addition, they also stated that Trump was not being convicted of any crimes. So, with the points that they are not subpoenaing Trump and that he not be convicted of anything, the second district court did not undo the previous ruling.

With no other choice to keep his tax returns from coming to light, Trump must bring this to the supreme court, and with a statement from his lawyer, that might just be what will happen. Trump’s lawyer, Jay Sekulow, commented after the ruling, “The decision of the Second Circuit will be taken to the Supreme Court.” It’s to be seen what will happen next. If this does make it to the Supreme Court there ruling will heavily affect the power of the president going forward, and what they can and cannot get away within the presidential office.