By JOHN KANELIS / firstname.lastname@example.org
Let’s admit it: We are a nation of Nosey Neds and Noras. A lot of us want to know all we can know about the individuals elected to govern us.
Such as their financial condition. It’s only right … right? Yes.
So it is that the U.S. Supreme Court has cleared the way for the Manhattan prosecutors to subpoena the tax records of a former president of the United States, Donald John Trump, to determine whether he broke any laws.
This is huge deal. I am among those who wants to know more about the former president’s financial dealings.
I want to know if he is as rich as he kept bragging he was; whether he manipulated property valuations to obtain financial favors; whether he broke campaign finance laws when he paid the porn star $130,000 to keep quiet about a sexual encounter — that he says never happened; and whether he has given any money to charity.
This is relevant especially for those who supported Trump during his two bids for the presidency, the second of which he lost bigly to President Biden.
The court didn’t specify any particulars in its decision, nor did any of the justices issue any public dissents from the court ruling.
Yes, I know that Trump is now a private citizen. That doesn’t matter in this instance. He has been all over the pea patch on this tax return matter. He said he would release them, then he back off that promise, then he said he would do so again, then he blocked efforts to reveal them to the public.
He has lied incessantly for as long as he has been a politician … and likely long before that period in his life.
Let’s see the returns. Those of us with inquiring minds want to know the truth — finally.