The Supreme Court on Thursday declined to issue a ruling on whether congressional committees can have use of Trump’s financial records, as an alternative punting it back to less court and keeping access from House Democrats on hold for the present time.
In a separate ruling, the justices rejected arguments that the President is immune to investigation while he holds office or that a prosecutor need show special circumstances to obtain his tax records.
The Associated Press reports:
“By 7-2 votes, the justices upheld the Manhattan district attorney’s demand for Trump’s tax returns, but kept a hold on Trump’s financial records that Congress has been seeking for more than a year.”
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What It Means
The House Oversight Committee had subpoenaed Mazars USA, an accounting firm, for use of Trump’s financial documents, including personal records and records of various affiliated businesses.
The documents included the President’s tax statements, a long popular holy grail for Democrats trying to find or invent a crime.
Congressional committees had also subpoenaed Deutsche Bank and Capital One for other financial records.
Chief Justice John Roberts, in his written opinion, argued that these committees have limits.
“Without limits on its subpoena powers, Congress could ‘exert an imperious control’ over the Executive Branch and aggrandize itself at the President’s expense, just as the Framers feared,” he opined.
Roberts though, Fox News reports, “left open the possibility that House Democrats, after further proceedings in lower courts, could get ahold of the president’s documents.”
In the other case, Democratic Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.’s demand for Trump’s taxation statements was upheld. It ought to be noted, however, that grand jury investigations are confidential, meaning his taxes normally would not be manufactured public.
But we don’t reside in normal times. Does anyone doubt that the resistance warrior involved with the investigation would illegally leak the information?
The Supreme Court sends case back to Lower Court, arguments to continue. This is all a political prosecution. I won the Mueller Witch Hunt, among others, and now I need to keep fighting in a politically corrupt New York. Not fair to this Presidency or Administration!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 9, 2020
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President Trump was most decidedly not happy with the Supreme Court’s ruling in the least.
“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,” that he tweeted. “Not fair to this Presidency or Administration!”
Trump’s personal lawyer, Jay Sekulow, took a slightly more optimistic approach in his response.
Sekulow said that he was happy the “Supreme Court has temporarily blocked both Congress and New York prosecutors from obtaining the President’s financial records.”
“We will now proceed to raise additional Constitutional and legal issues in the lower courts,” that he added.
Congressional Democrats’ relentless quest for Trump’s tax records without knowing if you have anything damning in them, wasting time and money in the courts, is seemingly the one thing they’ve accomplished since he took office.