Donald Trump ordered to hand over tax returns to prosecutors

Donald Trump ordered to hand over tax returns to prosecutors
Donald Trump has fought hard to keep his financial records out of public view. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: The US Supreme Court ordered Donald Trump to hand over his tax returns and other financial records to prosecutors in New York.

Mr Trumpt has been refusing to release the tax returns for several years, despite a precedent that presidential candidates should do so.

Earlier, a lower court had ruled that the records were pertinent to a criminal investigation.

The ruling does not necessarily mean the files will be made public.

The financial documents should be provided as evidence to a grand jury to be scrutinised in secret, and might only later become public as part of an indictment.

A grand jury is set up by a prosecutor to determine whether there is enough evidence to pursue a prosecution. The jury has investigative powers and can issue subpoenas to compel people to testify.

The US Supreme Court’s decision is a blow to the former president Mr Trump, who has been in a legal battle to protect his records from a grand jury for months.

The Supreme Court ruled last July that Mr Trump’s financial records could be examined by prosecutors in New York.

But lawyers representing Donald Trump challenged that ruling, suggesting that the court filing was “wildly overbroad” and issued in bad faith.

The court rejected the lawyers’ argument on Monday.

This was the last opportunity for Mr Trump, who left the White House last month ahead of President Joe Biden’s inauguration, to keep the records private, according to US media.

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