STATEMENT: Supreme Court Recognizes Trump Is Not Above the Law, CAP’s Sam Berger Says
Washington, D.C. — Today, the Supreme Court ruled 7-2 that New York state prosecutors have the power to subpoena President Donald Trump’s financial and tax records in a criminal investigation. In a separate 7-2 ruling, the high court left open the possibility that Congress could subpoena the president’s financial records. In response, Sam Berger, vice president of Democracy and Government Reform at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement:
President Trump and his Department of Justice have fought every step of the way to ensure that he faces no accountability for his abuses of power and criminal conduct. While the public may not see his financial records in the next few months, it is important that the Supreme Court recognized a principle that should be self-evident: No one is above the law, including the president of the United States.
We know that Trump puts himself, not America, first. That’s why it’s imperative that Congress and the American people have information about the president’s finances—who he’s in debt to, who has he done business with, and whether has he been involved in anything illegal. Congress must be able to conduct legitimate oversight into the most corrupt administration in modern history. It’s not exactly a secret that Trump puts his own corrupt interests before those of the American people.
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