US Supreme Court rules Trump must hand over his financial records Jul 10, 2020 0 1817 12345 AFPWashingtonThe US Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that President Donald Trump must hand over his tax returns to New York prosecutors but temporarily blocked Congress from accessing his financial records.The rulings prompted a string of furious tweets from Trump and were a setback to his claim of absolute immunity from criminal investigation while in office.At the same time, the rulings may allow Trump to keep his finances private until after the November presidential election.The nation’s top court ruled 7-2 against Trump in a case brought by Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance, a Democrat who is seeking eight years of the president’s financial records in connection with an alleged “hush money” payment made to porn actress Stormy Daniels.Both of the conservative justices appointed by Trump -- Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh -- joined Chief Justice John Roberts in rejecting the sweeping claim by Trump’s attorneys that the president enjoyed absolute immunity.“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,” Roberts said. “We reaffirm that principle today.” The other case before the nation’s highest court concerned a request by three Democratic-led congressional committees for Trump’s tax returns and financial records and the president received a temporary reprieve there.In another 7-2 ruling, the court sent the congressional case back to a lower court for further consideration, saying it needs to further examine the separation of powers questions raised.Vance called the ruling “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.“Our investigation, which was delayed for almost a year by this lawsuit, will resume, guided as always by the grand jury’s solemn obligation to follow the law and the facts, wherever they may lead,” Vance said.Jay Sekulow, Trump’s attorney, also welcomed the rulings, seeking to portray them as a win for the president.Even if Trump’s financial records are eventually turned over to the New York prosecutors by his accounting firm Mazars they may remain hidden from public view because of grand jury secrecy.Trump reacted furiously to the rulings.“This is about PROSECUTORIAL MISCONDUCT,” he tweeted.“This is all a political prosecution,” Trump added. “Now I have to keep fighting in a politically corrupt New York. Not fair to this Presidency or Administration!” Nancy Pelosi, Democratic speaker of the House of Representatives, said she would continue to press for Trump’s financial records to be handed over to Congress. RELATED ARTICLES Russia arrests governor over murders, sparking party fury Jul 10, 2020 0 1321 Trump hosts Mexican president on his first foreign visit Jul 10, 2020 0 1801 US sanctions Chinese officials over human rights abuses in Xinjiang Jul 10, 2020 0 3775 US invites China to arms control talks, seeing opening AFP Washington The United States on Thursday again invited China to talks on arms control, saying it saw an opening with Beijing on three-way negotiations with Russia despite intense disagreements. “The United States .. Italy bans travel from Brazil, 12 other high-risk virus countries ROME: Italy closed its borders on Thursday to travellers from 13 countries, including Brazil, deeming them high-risk places for the spread of coronavirus infections. The travel ban applies to Armenia, Bahrain, .. Previously acquitted UK man convicted of terror attack plan AFP London A former Uber driver cleared of planning a terror attack at Buckingham Palace was on Thursday jailed for life after plotting a gun and knife rampage at London tourist sites. Mohiussunnath Chowdhury was found .. Biden unveils $700 billion economic recovery plan AFP Washington Joe Biden unveiled a sweeping $700 billion plan on Thursday to help the battered US economy recover from the coronavirus crisis, a direct challenge to Donald Trump’s “America First” agenda as they square .. US charges man and sons who peddled bleach as virus cure WASHINGTON: US authorities have charged the leader of a fake church and his three sons with conspiracy and contempt for selling a toxic bleach as a cure for COVID-19. The Florida man, Mark Grenon, had seized in April on .. First WHO evaluation on handling of virus to be released in November DPA Geneva Members of the World Health Organization (WHO) will draw first conclusions about the global handling of the coronavirus pandemic in November, the UN agency announced on Thursday. An evaluation commission ..