Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson) had a mixed reaction to U.S. Supreme Court decisions made Thursday that will force President Donald Trump’s administration to disclose information about the president’s finances to authorities and, after a fashion, Congress.
“As the leader of the fight in Congress to get Trump’s business and personal tax returns since February 2017, today’s rulings are profoundly disappointing,” Pascrell said. “The Court has shown that the President doesn’t stand above all laws and accountability. Yet by allowing Donald Trump to run out the clock on Congress’s vital inquiries and allow his charade of delays to continue, the justices have failed to provide the resounding statement against Trump’s abuses this moment demands.”
The court on Thursday ruled that a New York prosecutor could subpoena Trump’s private and business financial records but kicked the congressional case back down to lower courts.
“Since 2017, the Trump government has moved heaven and earth to defy the law and the will of Congress in shielding Trump from accountability. It has been a painfully winding road. I’ve said it before and I’ll say again that we should never have reached this moment,” Pascrell said. “Trump’s tax returns should have been disclosed years ago. They have remained hidden from light through an unprecedented level of obstruction and outright corruption in Trump’s regime.”