SCOTUS Decides Trump Financial Fates

SCOTUS Decides Trump Financial Fates

( – The Supreme Court’s term has finally ended. For the first time since 1996, the justices were still working in July. Of course, when you look at the cases they had to tackle, it’s easy to understand why.

On its last day, the court handed down three major rulings and two of them had to do with President Donald Trump, and specifically, whether or not he is required to hand over his financial records to Congress and state prosecutors.

Trump Battles Congress

The justices handed the president a win in the Trump v. Mazars case on July 9. In this suit, the commander-in-chief was fighting to keep his financial documents out of the hands of Democratic-led House committees hell-bent on investigating him.

The court ruled 7-2 to not enforce subpoenas by Congress. Instead, they punted the case back to the lower courts and ordered a review of separation of powers.

This pretty much guarantees the investigations will not be completed before the 2020 election. In other words, the Democratic attempt to hurt the president during his fight for re-elections was foiled by the Supreme Court today.

Trump Loses Presidential Immunity Case

In the Trump v. Vance case, the high court handed the president a pretty significant loss. When New York City prosecutors issued subpoenas for his financial and tax records, Trump’s attorneys argued he should be immune from prosecution while he is in office. His lawyers said the Manhattan District Attorney’s office could “weaponize” the prosecutors across the country and leave him open to litigation if the court forced him to hand over his records.

The Supreme Court, in a 7-2 ruling, disagreed.

The case was sent back to a lower court for further review, but the majority opinion, penned by Chief Justice John Roberts, couldn’t “conclude that absolute immunity is necessary or appropriate.” The opinion also states the president is not “immune from state criminal subpoenas…nor entitled to a heightened standard of need.”

That means NY prosecutors will be able to issue grand jury subpoenas for the president’s tax records and other documents. And although grand jury proceedings are sealed from the public, if a case goes to court, those documents are almost guaranteed to become public.

More Time

It’s important to note both cases are on their way back to lower courts. That means, the president still has time to fight them and it’s unlikely they’ll be resolved by November.

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