|President Trump calls the investigation into his tax affairs a "witch hunt" and sees the congressional case as a device to harass him politically.(Photo by= Getty Images)|
[아시아뉴스통신=레악카나 기자] The US Supreme Court is set to decide whether President Donald Trump's tax returns and other financial records can be examined by Congress and prosecutors - a ruling with potentially huge political consequences.
The case went to the Supreme Court since two Democrat-controlled House of Representatives committees and New York District Attorney Cyrus Vance also a Democrat are demanding the release of his tax returns and other information. Mr Trump refuses to share documents concerning his fortune and business. His lawyers argue he enjoys total immunity while in office.
The ruling will test that claim and has implications on how far US lawmakers can scrutinise the president. Even a ruling in Congress's favour would not necessarily make Mr Trump's tax returns public before his bid for re-election in November. He calls the investigation into his tax affairs a "witch hunt" and sees the congressional case as a device to harass him politically.
Mr Trump's lawyers argued that Congress had no authority to issue the subpoenas, and no valid justification to seek the records. Damaging revelations about President Trump's financial affairs could hurt his campaign for re-election. He has already slumped in opinion polls, as critics accuse him of mishandling the coronavirus crisis.