The former president’s son, Donald Trump Jr, has criticised the state of New York and the Supreme Court for allowing release of Trump tax records to Manhattan prosecutor.
In a post to the conservative video platform Rumble, the 43-year-old called the decision on Monday a “witch hunt”, and referred to prosecutors as “the people’s republic of New York”.
“The BS never ends,” said Trump Jr in the four minute-long video. “The political persecution of my father continues on, because a grossly partisan district attorney in New York finally got the Supreme Court to agree with their witch hunt”.
“This wouldn’t fly if a conservative attorney did this to a liberal politician,” continued Trump Jr. “People would lose their minds — but living in the people’s republic of New York they can get away with it, because there is no check balance. They know they’ll probably get a favourable judge and a jury that hates Donald Trump.”
Supreme Court allows release of Trump tax records to Manhattan prosecutor
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Feb. 22 that it won’t stop a New York prosecutor from obtaining former President Donald Trump’s tax returns and other financial records as part of a criminal investigation.
The justices rebuffed Trump’s request to put on hold an Oct. 7, 2020, lower court ruling that directs the former commander-in-chief’s accounting company, Mazars USA, to comply with a subpoena to turn over the tax returns and documents to a grand jury convened by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, a Democrat.
The New York grand jury will be able to obtain the records and look at them in secret, meaning that the records will not become public any time soon, although the possibility of leaks to news media outlets can’t be ruled out.
Trump’s full response to Supreme Court tax return decision
Former President Donald Trump released a statement after the Supreme Court’s decision to not halt the release of his taxes to a Manhattan district attorney.
Here is the full statement:
“This investigation is a continuation of the greatest political Witch Hunt in the history of our Country, whether it was the never ending $32 million Mueller hoax, which already investigated everything that could possibly be investigated, ‘Russia Russia Russia,’ where there was a finding of ‘No Collusion,’ or two ridiculous ‘Crazy Nancy’ inspired impeachment attempts where I was found NOT GUILTY. It just never ends!
So now, for more than two years, New York City has been looking at almost every transaction I’ve ever done, including seeking tax returns which were done by among the biggest and most prestigious law and accounting firms in the U.S. The Tea Party was treated far better by the IRS than Donald Trump. The Supreme Court never should have let this “fishing expedition” happen, but they did. This is something which has never happened to a President before, it is all Democrat-inspired in a totally Democrat location, New York City and State, completely controlled and dominated by a heavily reported enemy of mine, Governor Andrew Cuomo. These are attacks by Democrats willing to do anything to stop the almost 75 million people (the most votes, by far, ever gotten by a sitting president) who voted for me in the election—an election which many people, and experts, feel that I won. I agree!
The new phenomenon of “headhunting” prosecutors and AGs—who try to take down their political opponents using the law as a weapon—is a threat to the very foundation of our liberty. That’s what is done in third world countries. Even worse are those who run for prosecutorial or attorney general offices in far-left states and jurisdictions pledging to take out a political opponent. That’s fascism, not justice—and that is exactly what they are trying to do with respect to me, except that the people of our Country won’t stand for it.
In the meantime, murders and violent crime are up in New York City by record numbers, and nothing is done about it. Our elected officials don’t care. All they focus on is the persecution of President Donald J. Trump.
I will fight on, just as I have, for the last five years (even before I was successfully elected), despite all of the election crimes that were committed against me. We will win!”