President Donald Trump assailed a pair of Supreme Court rulings on Thursday pertaining to his personal financial records in a Twitter rant that called the decisions “not fair.”
In a rambling series of tweets, Trump attacked Democrats and his predecessor former President Barack Obama, arguing he is being unfairly targeted while others don’t face scrutiny.
The decisions were not a clear-cut loss for Trump, who is unlikely to be forced into disclosing his tax returns before voters weigh his reelection bid in November, but the court also refused to side with his argument that the presidency offers him protection from investigation.
“This is all a political prosecution” Trump tweeted. “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!”
“Courts in the past have given ‘broad deference,'” he added. “BUT NOT ME!”
The tweets came after the Supreme Court ruled in a 7-2 decision — in which the majority was joined by Trump-appointed Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh — that the president is not immune from the Manhattan District Attorney’s efforts to obtain his taxes as part of an investigation into hush payments to two women. In another 7-2 decision, the court also left open the potential for House Democrats to obtain his financial records from the Trump Organization’s accounting firm and two banks.
Trump waged a coast-to-coast legal battle to keep his tax information private in the months leading up to Thursday’s Supreme Court rulings. While presidential candidates have traditionally released his or her tax returns over the past few decades, it is not required by law, and though he said he would make public the information during his 2016 run, Trump ultimately became the first major-party nominee in four decades to not do so.