Trump's Appointees Voted Against Him, Pelosi Says As President Criticizes Supreme Court

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that President Donald Trump's two Supreme Court appointees agree that the president is not above the law, after they voted against him in a ruling concerning his tax returns.

"The Supreme Court, including the president's appointees, have declared that he is not above the law," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday during a press briefing.

The 7-2 decision in Trump v. Vance was led by Chief Justice John Roberts and states that Trump must turn over his tax returns and other information to a grand jury in New York.

Roberts argued that the Constitution does not grant the president absolute immunity.

"In our judicial system, 'the public has a right to every man's evidence.' Since the earliest days of the Republic, 'every man' has included the President of the United States," Roberts wrote.

Roberts was joined in his opinion by Trump's two Supreme Court appointees, Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch.

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during her weekly news conference on Capitol Hill on July 9, 2020 in Washington, DC. Pelosi discussed Supreme Court ruling that a New York prosecutor can obtain President Donald Trumps financial records, including tax returns. Drew Angerer/Getty

Also voting with Roberts was the court's liberal bloc: Justices Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor. Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito filed dissenting opinions.

In his dissent, Alito wrote that the majority's decision "threatens to impair the functioning of the Presidency and provides no real protection against the use of the subpoena power by the Nation's 2,300+ local prosecutors."

The case was sent for further review to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York, where it was previously heard.

Trump blasted the Supreme Court's decision, alleging that it served as "prosecutorial misconduct" and blaming a "politically corrupt New York" in a series of tweets Thursday.

"The Supreme Court sends case back to Lower Court, arguments to continue," Trump wrote in a tweet. "This is all a political prosecution. I won the Mueller Witch Hunt, and others, and now I have to keep fighting in a politically corrupt New York. Not fair to this Presidency or Administration!"

The Supreme Court sends case back to Lower Court, arguments to continue. This is all a political prosecution. I won the Mueller Witch Hunt, and others, and now I have to keep fighting in a politically corrupt New York. Not fair to this Presidency or Administration!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 9, 2020

Pelosi said that the court's ruling was "not good news for the president of the United States," arguing that it re-affirms Congress' authority to conduct oversight on Trump.

"Congress will continue to conduct oversight for the people, upholding the separation of powers that is the genius of our Constitution," Pelosi said of the ruling. "We will continue to press our case in the lower courts."

Newsweek contacted the White House for comment but did not hear back in time for publication.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance subpoenaed Trump's financial records as part of a New York grand jury investigation into alleged hush-money payments made to two women in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election.

Lower courts had upheld Vance's requests, prompting Trump to take his appeal to the high court.

Vance celebrated the Supreme Court's ruling in a statement Thursday, calling it a "tremendous victory for our nation's system of justice and it's founding principle that no one—not even a president—is above the law."