Supreme Court hands Trump wins on tax returns, financial records

The ruling came on the final day of the high court’s 2019-2020 term

Just The News:

The Supreme Court on Thursday said President Trump is not immune from New York’s subpoena for his tax returns, but that a prosecutor will not get documents now.

The decision was the first of two Thursday by the high court on the matter. The case appears headed back to a lower court, which appears to mean the years-long matter will not be resolved before the November elections.

In the second decision, the high court blocked House Democrats’ requests to get Trump’s tax records.

In Trump v. Vance, the majority opined that a subpoena to a sitting president does not have to meet a heightened standard. The court ruled 7-2, with the majority opinion written by Chief Justice John Roberts. Conservative justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch concurred with the majority, while Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas dissented.

In the second ruling, Trump v. Mazars USA, LLP, the court avoided a ruling, saying instead that lower courts had not taken full account of “all the possible separation of powers concerns.” The court’s decision effectively blocks House Democrats from accessing Trump’s financial records for the time being.  more here

h/t Bad_Brad.

Levin Tweeted this from NBC News, calling it a fair description on what took place:

NBC: Supreme Court rules Trump will have to fight to keep secret his taxes, financial records.

Two cases against the president involving the Manhattan DA and House Democrats go back to the lower courts.

By Pete Williams

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday gave President Donald Trump a chance to beat back House Democrats’ efforts to obtain his financial records but ruled he is not immune from the Manhattan district attorney’s attempt to get his taxes.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. wants years worth of Trump’s tax returns as part of his probe into hush-money payments to two women while House Democrats sought financial records from the Trump Organization’s accounting firm and two banks to determine if foreign governments, including Russia, hold sway over him.

Both matters will go back to lower courts to determine if Trump needs to turn over any documents, which will not likely be settled before Election Day.

In our judicial system, “the public has a right to every man’s evidence,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the decision on the New York case. “Since the earliest days of the Republic, ‘every man’ has included the president of the United States. Beginning with Jefferson and carrying on through Clinton, presidents have uniformly testified or produced documents in criminal proceedings when called upon by federal courts.”

He added: “(W)e cannot conclude that absolute immunity is necessary or appropriate under Article II or the Supremacy Clause.”

The rulings, both 7-2, with Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas dissenting, represent a mixed bag for the president, allowing him to drag out the legal process but not providing him with any clear-cut victories.

Trump blasted the efforts to gain his financial information, tweeting after the rulings that it was “a political prosecution.”

The president’s attorney, Jay Sekulow, said Trump would challenge the efforts to get his financial records in the lower courts.

“We are pleased that in the decisions issued today, the Supreme Court has temporarily blocked both Congress and New York prosecutors from obtaining the president’s financial records,” Sekulow said. “We will now proceed to raise additional Constitutional and legal issues in the lower courts.” MORE


22 Comments on Supreme Court hands Trump wins on tax returns, financial records

  1. Both sides are claiming the rulings a win for their side. The dems are saying they’ve won because SCOTUS ruled against presidential immunity protections both cases. The republicans are claiming victor since the house subpoena’s were tossed on substance and New York state will have to argue for the tax returns in state court, which wont’ get ruled upon before the election in November.

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  2. I see this as a win for the Trump Re election efforts. This decision eliminated a ton of garbage Trumps enemies could throw at him. However all SCOTUS did was kick the can down the road.

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  3. Some on the right (are they really?) are claiming a loss for the president.
    I didn’t see a loss, I saw a win with my own eyes and ears.

    Another reason to vote Republican – fill the congress with people who will not support another bill like this.

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  4. “I didn’t see a loss, I saw a win with my own eyes and ears. ”

    How so?

    Doesn’t it clear the way for the subpoena of his tax records to be ordered by a lower court, and maybe even encourage pursuing it?

    I’m not fully understanding the possible results of this so far.

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  5. Bad_Brad I thought the exact same thing.
    They’ll go after Roberts’ records first. Both the left and the right lol

    And then go after Congress.

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  6. Careful what you’re reading. Apparently the MSM is falsely reporting that Trump was ordered to turn over his Tax Returns to the New York Clowns. That’s a lie. I guess this is a new tactic by these assholes. If you don’t hear the results you’re after just make some shit up. Rush is blowing a vein out of the side of his neck over this now. Something needs to be done about Our Free (to make shit up) Press.

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  7. I would say Barr needs to step up the investigation of Biden, hillary and 0bama and release all they have. If the left wants to play games, then let’s play. Hand Judicial Watch all the info they want, too.

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  8. MJA, exactly!! If Trump doesn’t force the rule of law to be implemented he is not going to win the next election. It’s time to use all the ammunition he has to not only win re-election but to annihilate the libs in the down ticket as well. The country and our children’s future is at stake and I’m getting pretty uncomfortable watching the gamesmanship being played out.

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  9. As always, it’s a one way street. Whatever the precedent, it will never be used to get liberals tax returns. Only republicans.
    BTW, courts will have NO problem doing a 180 when and if someone ever goes after a liberals tax returns. They’ll ‘change their minds’ make it sound like there’s a ‘nuance’ involved, and then just laugh and point at us.
    That’s the way it always works, because we have nobody in congress that will PIN ANY OF THOSE MOTHERFUCKERS TO THE WALL. NOBODY AT ALL.

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  10. If we’re going to expose tax and business records, let’s do democrat politicians as well. If we’re making laws to expose one, it should be a law that exposes ALL.

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  11. With the way the deep state and the Looney libs run everything I believe they already have the records. They’re trying to get legal authorization to be able to release them.

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  12. @Diff Tim, I imagine a lot of these people already know what’s in the tax records, but it’s more to their benefit to allude to nefarious shenanigans.

    Having experience with the IRS – I cannot imagine that Pres. Trump was able to get away with anything sketchy before his election.

    Politicians in office at the time – not so much – I want to see THEIR business/tax records and then a spotlight on whether they are living within their means, or wildly not.

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  13. My first thought when I heard that SCOTUS said POTUSes are not immune to subpoenas of their information was that this clears the way to go after Obama.

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  14. a win my ass

    they just put into overtime is all

    more money for the lawyers

    what bs

    trumps audited more than any liberal

    how about us seeing al sharptons tax records, huh?

    nancy pelosi’s or cuckhold schumers?

    or harry reids?

    when do we get to see hunter and joe bidens, how about his wife jilly’s?

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