|Donald Trump has fought hard to keep his financial records out of public view. (Photo by=Getty Images)|
[Asia News Communication = Reporter Reakkana] Donald Trump has been ordered by the US Supreme Court to hand over his tax returns and other financial records to prosecutors in New York.
The former US president refused to release the documents for several years, despite a precedent that presidential candidates should do so, BBC said. A lower court earlier ruled that the records were pertinent to a criminal investigation. The ruling doesn’t necessarily mean the files will be made public. The financial documents should be provided as evidence to a grand jury to be scrutinized in secret, and might only later become public as part of an indictment. A grand jury is set up by a prosecutor to determine whether there is enough evidence to pursue a prosecution. The jury is given investigative powers and can issue subpoenas to compel people to testify.
The US Supreme Court's decision is a blow to Mr. Trump, who has been in a legal battle to protect his records from a grand jury for months. Mr. Trump has continuously denied wrongdoing and has called the investigation into his tax affairs a "witch hunt". Additionally, last July, the Supreme Court ruled that Mr. Trump's financial records could be examined by prosecutors in New York.