The Supreme Court declined Monday to block a New York grand jury from getting former President Donald Trump’s personal and corporate tax returns, a decisive defeat in his long legal battle to keep his tax records out of investigators’ hands.
The ruling doesn’t mean the returns will become public any time soon, and they might never be publicly released. Under New York state law, materials turned over to a grand jury must be kept secret. But Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance can now require Trump’s accountants to turn over the records that Trump has steadfastly refused to surrender to prosecutors or Congress.
“The work continues,” Vance said in response to the order.
Trump issued a long statement decrying the order as the continuation of a politically motivated witch hunt, and he vowed to “fight on.”