Photo taken on March 12, 2020 shows the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington D.C., the United States. (Photo by Ting Shen/Xinhua)
WASHINGTON, July 9 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday blocked for now the Democrat-led House's subpoenas of President Donald Trump's financial records while granting Manhattan prosecutors access to them.
The court, in a 7-2 decision, ruled that Trump can not block a subpoena over his financial records from Democratic Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance since the president is not immune from criminal investigation.
Meanwhile, the court declined to issue a definitive ruling on whether congressional committees can have access to Trump's financial records, returning the issue to lower courts.
U.S. President Donald Trump attends a press conference at the White House in Washington D.C., the United States, on Feb. 29, 2020. (Xinhua/Liu Jie)
The decision means the president's financial records, including his tax returns, might be shielded from public scrutiny until after the November general elections, according to local media reports. ■
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