July 9, 2020 / 3:27 PM / a month ago

UPDATE 3-Reaction to U.S. Supreme Court decision on Trump financial records

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WASHINGTON, July 9 (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that a New York prosecutor can obtain President Donald Trump’s financial records but prevented - at least for now - the Democratic-led House of Representatives from obtaining similar documents.

Below are reactions to the news:

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP ON TWITTER:

“Courts in the past have given ‘broad deference’. BUT NOT ME!”

“The Supreme Court sends case back to Lower Court, arguments to continue. This is all a political prosecution. 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!”

MANHATTAN DISTRICT ATTORNEY CY VANCE, JR.:

“This is a tremendous victory for our nation’s system of justice and its founding principle that no one – not even a president – is above the law. Our investigation, which was delayed for almost a year by this lawsuit, will resume, guided as always by the grand jury’s solemn obligation to follow the law and the facts, wherever they may lead.”

DEMOCRATIC U.S. HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER NANCY PELOSI:

“A careful reading of the Supreme Court rulings related to the President’s financial records is not good news for President Trump.

“The Court has reaffirmed the Congress’s authority to conduct oversight on behalf of the American people, as it asks for further information from the Congress. Congress’s constitutional responsibility to uncover the truth continues, specifically related to the President’s Russia connection that he is hiding.

“The Congress will continue to conduct oversight For the people, upholding the separation of powers that is the genius of our Constitution. We will continue to press our case in the lower courts.”

JAY SEKULOW, TRUMP’S PERSONAL LAWYER:

“We are pleased that in the decisions issued today, the Supreme Court has temporarily blocked both Congress and New York prosecutors from obtaining the President’s financial records. We will now proceed to raise additional Constitutional and legal issues in the lower courts.”

TREASURY SECRETARY STEVEN MNUCHIN ON CNBC:

“As I understand, that case doesn’t involve the Treasury. That case is between the President and third parties, but I would say the only thing I do agree on, on that report, is when things go to Congress, they tend to get leaked and when things go to grand juries they don’t.”

DEMOCRATIC U.S. REPRESENTATIVE JERROLD NADLER, ON TWITTER

“No one is above the law.”

DEUTSCHE BANK STATEMENT:

“Deutsche Bank has demonstrated full respect for the U.S. legal process and remained neutral throughout these proceedings. We will of course abide by a final decision by the courts.”

REPUBLICAN U.S. HOUSE MINORITY LEADER KEVIN MCCARTHY

“It seems to me the New York district attorney and others that have tried for it, seems much more political than anything else.”

DAVID COLE, NATIONAL LEGAL DIRECTOR, AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION:

“The court’s 7-2 decisions in these cases send an important message that constitutional decisions must be decided by legal principle, not party loyalty. That Justices Kavanaugh and Gorsuch voted against President Trump, who appointed them, is an important reaffirmation of that principle.”

MARK ZAID, WASHINGTON LAWYER WHO REPRESENTED THE WHISTLEBLOWER WHO SPARKED TRUMP IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS:

“Contents of Trump’s tax returns were unlikely to influence many decisions for election day one way or other but today’s SCOTUS decision sets legal stage for potential NY criminal prosecution in Jan if president loses in Nov. Let that sink in Mr. Trump.” (Reporting by Karen Freifeld, David Lawder, Rick Cowan, Susan Cornwell and David Morgan Editing by Scott Malone and Alistair Bell)

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