The sheer number of controversies, investigations, and allegations involving former president Donald Trump — who very much lost the 2020 election in every sense of the word — is impossible to compare with other administrations. It’s out of this world high. And his being out of office hasn’t stopped the flood, either. The Supreme Court recently ruled that Trump would have to hand over his taxes to officials in New York who have been seeking them for a very long time (although this will happen outside of public view).
What does this mean for investigations into Trump’s finances? Could Trump still be arrested for tax fraud?
Trump responded to the investigation by naming it “a continuation of the greatest political witch hunt in the history of our country.”
In response to the ruling, he said, “The Supreme Court never should have let this ‘fishing expedition’ happen, but they did.”
According to a former New York Times report, Trump managed to avoid taxes for at least eleven years. In 2016 and 2017 he paid only $750 in federal income taxes — which would have been the filing fee for a man with his assets.
Whether or not he faces prosecution, much less arrest, is up in the air. Keep in mind that Donald Trump is still a wealthy man — even with his obvious and mounting debts — and he will be able to afford the best legal counsel should the case against him ever lead to an arrest and go to trial.
Former Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell famously stated that Trump “is liable for everything he did while he was in office” and that he hadn’t gotten away with anything “yet” after voting to acquit during the second impeachment trial. That’s because a probe into the capitol riot is likely. Trump is blamed for inciting the mob to attack on January 6, where five people died as a result.