The Supreme Court sends House Dems’ case back to lower court to more clearly consider separation of powers issues. As a result, House Dems won’t get the records now and they’re unlikely to be released before the elections.
Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the 7-2 opinion. Justices Thomas and Alito filed dissenting opinions. The President’s two nominees voted in the majority.
It is another 7-2 decision written by Chief Justice John Roberts, and it calls for sending the case back to the lower court to more closely review concerns over the separation of powers.
“The courts below did not take adequate account of the significant separation of powers concerns implicated by congressional subpoenas for the President’s information,” Roberts wrote in the decision.
The opinion is not a total victory for Trump, but it does buy him time in the case, virtually ensuring the matter won’t be settled until after the November election.
NYPost reports the Supreme Court on Thursday ruled a New York grand jury can subpoena to see President Trump’s tax returns and financial records — serving a major blow to the administration and paving the way for an ugly partisan battle ahead of the November election.
The bench voted 7-2 and sided against the president after Trump’s lawyers argued that a sitting US president should be immune to a criminal investigation. The issue of whether the tax returns will be turned over to a grand jury seated by Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr. will likely be decided by a lower court.“The President is neither absolutely immune from state criminal subpoenas seeking his private papers nor entitled to a heightened standard of need,” the verdict read.
The historic ruling could allow prosecutors to scrutinize the business dealings which the president has fought to keep private since he entered public office and threatens to overshadow his bid for a second term in the White House.
UPDATE: CNN considers the decision a win for Trump based on their headline “Trump wins battle on financial records for now”