Former President Donald Trump on Monday said New York officials investigating him are participating in a continuation of “the greatest political Witch Hunt in the history of our Country,” after the Supreme Court ruled that a New York prosecutor could obtain Trump’s tax returns.
“For more than two years, New York City has been looking at almost every transaction I’ve ever done, including seeking tax returns which were done by among the biggest and most prestigious law and accounting firms in the U.S. The Tea Party was treated far better by the IRS than Donald Trump,” Trump said in a statement.
“The Supreme Court never should have let this ‘fishing expedition’ happen, but they did. This is something which has never happened to a President before, it is all Democrat-inspired in a totally Democrat location, New York City and State, completely controlled and dominated by a heavily reported enemy of mine, Governor Andrew Cuomo. These are attacks by Democrats willing to do anything to stop the almost 75 million people (the most votes, by far, ever gotten by a sitting president) who voted for me in the election—an election which many people, and experts, feel that I won. I agree!” he added.
The nation’s highest court decided not to take up an application from Trump’s lawyers for a hold on releasing Trump’s tax returns and other financial records. The application was made after an appeals court ruled last year that Trump needed to turn over the records.
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, a Democrat, is seeking the information as part of a probe that he has said little about publicly.
In a brief statement following the ruling, Vance said: “The work continues.”
Other New York Democrat officials, such as New York Attorney General Letitia James, have launched probes or taken action against Trump or his business in recent years, as they argue he’s broken the law.
In one example, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is moving to cut off ties between the city and the Trump Organization, which runs popular ice rinks.
Trump on Monday called the targeting part of a “new phenomenon of ‘headhunting’ prosecutors and” attorneys general, who he alleged “try to take down their political opponents using the law as a weapon.”
The phenomenon “is a threat to the very foundation of our liberty,” he said, adding: “That’s what is done in third world countries.”
“Even worse are those who run for prosecutorial or attorney general offices in far-left states and jurisdictions pledging to take out a political opponent. That’s fascism, not justice—and that is exactly what they are trying to do with respect to me, except that the people of our Country won’t stand for it,” Trump continued.
“In the meantime, murders and violent crime are up in New York City by record numbers, and nothing is done about it. Our elected officials don’t care. All they focus on is the persecution of President Donald J. Trump. I will fight on, just as I have, for the last five years (even before I was successfully elected), despite all of the election crimes that were committed against me. We will win!”