President Trump on Thursday lashed out in a series of fiery tweets at the Supreme Court’s ruling that he has to turn over financial documents and his tax returns to Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr. — claiming he was being treated differently than other presidents.
“Courts in the past have given ‘broad deference.’ BUT NOT ME!” he tweeted about the 7-2 ruling, in which even his own appointees, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, sided with the majority.
“We have a totally corrupt previous Administration, including a President and Vice President who spied on my campaign, AND GOT CAIGHT [sic] …and nothing happens to them. This crime was taking place even before my election, everyone knows it, and yet all are frozen stiff with fear,” he wrote.
“Won all against the Federal Government and the Democrats send everything to politically corrupt New York, which is falling apart with everyone leaving, to give it a second, third and fourth try. Now the Supreme Court gives a delay ruling that they would never have given for another President,” he continued.
“This is about PROSECUTORIAL MISCONDUCT. We catch the other side SPYING on my campaign, the biggest political crime and scandal in U.S. history, and NOTHING HAPPENS. But despite this, I have done more than any President in history in first 3 1/2 years!”
Minutes later, the president continued, “The Supreme Court sends case back to Lower Court, arguments to continue. This is all a political prosecution. 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!”
Vance also tweeted his reaction.
“This is a tremendous victory for our nation’s system of justice and its founding principle that no one – not even a president – is above the law,” the prosecutor wrote.
“The President is neither absolutely immune from state criminal subpoenas seeking his private papers nor entitled to a heightened standard of need,” the verdict read.
The historic ruling would allow prosecutors to scrutinize the business dealings the president has fought to keep private since he entered public office.
Despite the president’s reaction, Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow said he was “pleased” with the rulings and planned to continue fighting the issue in lower courts.
“We are pleased that in the decisions issued today, the Supreme Court has temporarily blocked both Congress and New York prosecutors from obtaining the President’s financial records. We will now proceed to raise additional Constitutional and legal issues in the lower courts,” Sekulow said.
Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden retweeted a short video of himself from October 2019.
“As I was saying,” Biden wrote to introduce the video, in which he looks at the camera and says: “Mr. President, you want to talk about corruption? I’ve released 21 years of my tax returns … release yours or shut up.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also weighed in on the High Court’s rulings, the second of which sent a fight over congressional subpoenas for the records back to lower courts because of “significant separation of powers concerns.”
“A careful reading of the Supreme Court rulings related to the President’s financial records is not good news for President Trump,” the California Democrat maintained.
“The Court has reaffirmed the Congress’ authority to conduct oversight on behalf of the American people, as it asks for further information from the Congress. Congress’s constitutional responsibility to uncover the truth continues, specifically related to the President’s Russia connection that he is hiding,” she continued.
“The Congress will continue to conduct oversight For The People, upholding the separation of powers that is the genius of our Constitution. We will continue to press our case in the lower courts.”