President Donald Trump expressed his frustration on Thursday after a federal judge ruled he is not permitted to block a prosecutor’s subpoena for his tax records.
During an Oval Office meeting with the Iraqi prime minister, Trump told reporters, “there has never been anything” like this investigation, and no other president has ever been subjected to it.
He predicted the case will “probably end up back in the Supreme Court.”
Trump claimed because the case was handed down to New York–a state where Democrats are in power–it is only prolonging what he believes is an unjust investigation.
“This is a continuation of the most disgusting witch hunt in the history of our country, all it is. The Supreme Court said fishing expedition; this is the ultimate fishing expedition…We don’t do things wrong, but they’ll say let’s go in and inspect every deal he’s ever done,” Trump said.
He added, “Let’s get papers from 10 years, every paper, every deal he’s ever signed. Maybe we can find where some lawyer made a mistake where they didn’t dot an I, where they didn’t put a comma down some place, and then we can do something. This is a disgrace, and this should never ever be allowed to happen again.”
Watch his comments below:
JUST IN: President @realDonaldTrump responds after federal judge in New York dismisses his latest effort to stymie a grand jury subpoena for his tax returns: "This is a continuation of the most disgusting witch hunt in the history of our country." pic.twitter.com/AwmUPjEvKB— The Hill (@thehill) August 20, 2020
He appealed the decision, and to delay handing over his tax returns he filed an emergency motion, as IJR previously reported.
It is unlikely Trump’s financial records will become public before the presidential election on Nov. 3.
U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero wrote in his decision, “The President is entitled to claim no greater shield from judicial process than any other person” and, “Justice requires an end to this controversy.”
The Supreme Court ruled on July 9 a sitting president is not immune from criminal investigations, as IJR previously reported.