The question of whether President Donald Trump must release his tax returns to New York prosecutors and congressional investigators is back in the headlines this week after a recent Supreme Court decision — and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) isn’t holding back in her commentary.
According to Breitbart, Pelosi announced on a conference call Thursday that she’ll be happy to release her own tax returns — that is, if she ever makes a bid for the White House.
The Thursday conference call was hosted by the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Breitbart reported.
“When and if I decide to run for president, I will most certainly release my tax returns,” the House speaker said on the call in response to a question from Just the News, according to Breitbart.
“Not even the president”
Democrats, led by Speaker Pelosi, have been trying to get their hands on President Trump’s financial records since he took office, apparently in the hopes that they find something worthy of impeachment. But Trump has steadfastly refused to give in — and now, the battle has made its way to the highest court in the land.
According to The New York Times, “[t]he Supreme Court cleared the way on Thursday for prosecutors in New York to seek President Trump’s financial records,” with Chief Justice John Roberts writing for the majority: “No citizen, not even the president, is categorically above the common duty to produce evidence when called upon in a criminal proceeding.”
Pelosi, for her part, celebrated the ruling, calling it a “victory for the Constitution of the United States,” as Breitbart reported.
“The Supreme Court, including the president’s appointees, have declared that he is not above the law,” Pelosi added, according to Breitbart. “A careful reading of the Supreme Court rulings related to the president’s financial records is not good news for President Trump.”
The battle continues
But as Politico noted, the high court also ruled that lower “courts did not do enough to examine Democratic lawmakers’ claims that they needed the records” — meaning Trump doesn’t have to hand over his taxes to Congress just yet. Politico further reported:
The pair of highly anticipated decisions likely mean more delays and court proceedings on both subpoenas, increasing the odds that Trump makes it to the Nov. 3 election without releasing his tax and financial details to the prosecutors and congressional committees demanding them.
Indeed, the jury isn’t out on Trump’s taxes just yet. What’s more, it seems Pelosi has some skeletons in her own closet that she might do well to clean up before pouncing on the president.
According to The Washington Post, the Trump administration released this week federal loan data that showed at least one company connected to Pelosi’s husband received hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the coronavirus relief measure aimed at helping small businesses continue to pay their employees amid the pandemic.
Once again, it looks like Pelosi’s desire to take down Trump is outweighing her duty to the American people. Perhaps it’s finally time for voters to give her the boot.