Last week, the Supreme Court dealt President Donald Trump a major defeat in his effort to conceal his financial records from the public eye.
In one case against New York District Attorney Cy Vance, the court ruled that the President isn't above investigation, and granted prosecutors access to the records. In a separate case, the court ruled that the Democratic House of Representatives could enforce a subpoena of the President's financial records, but would have to clarify its reasons for seeking them in the lower courts.
Trump is infamously the first presidential candidate since the Nixon era not to disclose his tax returns. While his critics and many everyday Americans think this indicates that Trump is hiding something, Trump has insisted for years that he can't release these records because he's under audit.
As recently as last week, when asked why Trump doesn't release his tax returns regardless of the Supreme Court decisions, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany once again said the President was under audit.
Over the weekend, President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, contradicted that long-held statement in an interview with Fox News' Maria Bartiromo.
Here’s @RudyGiuliani claiming @realDonaldTrump’s tax audits have been settled, directly contradicting the President… https://t.co/skMaRg3Y6p— Andrew Feinberg (@Andrew Feinberg) 1594609719.0
"They have no reason to believe that there's anything wrong with his tax returns. I mean, all of these tax returns have been, by and large, maybe not the last one, but all of them have been audited. All of them have been either passed on or settled, and there should be some finality in your tax returns. In other words, we get audited, we make a deal, we pay the government. You don't come after me forever for that."
It appeared that Giuliani confirmed that, except for his most recent tax forms, the President's taxes have all been audited.
Giuliani went on to repeat conspiracy theories rooted in anti-semitism that billionaire Democratic donor George Soros singlehandedly elected thousands of pro-criminal District Attorneys. Soros is a common scapegoat in response to Democratic victories and is viewed as a sort of super villain by believers of the far-reaching QAnon conspiracy theory.
Twitter users saw the appearance as yet another instance of Giuliani's television appearances making things worse for his client.
@AndrewFeinberg @RudyGiuliani @realDonaldTrump For the life of me, I do NOT understand how @RudyGiuliani keeps gett… https://t.co/Fk7AEAkqZo— Member of the Tin Foil Hat Abolishment Society Inc (@Member of the Tin Foil Hat Abolishment Society Inc) 1594617745.0
@AndrewFeinberg @gtconway3d @RudyGiuliani @realDonaldTrump When is this guy going to go back into hiding? He has zero credibility.— bp (@bp) 1594619405.0
With Giuliani all but confirming that the President's audit is over, people want Trump to finally turn over his tax returns.
Though the Supreme Court didn't shut down any possibility of Trump's financial records going public, that's unlikely to happen before the general election in November.