SCOTUS blocks release of President Trump’s financial information via court order

The judicial fight over legal demands to release President Donald Trump’s financial records took another step forward Monday when the Supreme Court of the United States temporarily stopped President Donald Trump’s longtime accounting firm from having to turn over information to congressional investigators.

The order, which was signed by Chief Justice John Roberts, gives the House of Representatives until Thursday to respond in the matter. The decision comes after President Trump’s lawyers asked the court to stop the records from being released under subpoena and after the House of Representatives’ general counsel told the high court in a letter that the lawmakers would agree to “a short ten-day administrative stay” beginning on Wednesday in order to allow both sides of the case to file necessary legal paperwork.

The case has to do with a subpoena that the House Oversight Committee sent to the president’s longtime accounting firm, Mazars USA, back in April for records related its investigation into Trump’s business dealings from both before and after he took office. While the committee said it needed the documents for an evaluation of current government ethics laws, the president’s team told the court that the investigation “serves no legitimate legislative purpose.”

In October, a majority decision of a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled to uphold the subpoena.

The lone dissenter in the three-judge decision was Judge Neomi Rao, a Trump appointee confirmed to the bench earlier this year, who said the court’s opinion blurred the “consistent line” between Congress’ legislative powers and its impeachment powers.

“When Congress seeks information about the President’s wrongdoing, it does not matter whether the investigation also has a legislative purpose,” Rao wrote. “Allowing the Committee to issue this subpoena for legislative purposes would turn Congress into a roving inquisition over a co-equal branch of government.”

Last week, a panel of judges consisting of the entire D.C. Circuit Court of appeals upheld the ruling enforcing the subpoena with an 8-3 majority. Rao was joined in her dissent this time by another Trump appointee and another judge appointed by George H.W. Bush.

The D.C. Circuit case is happening alongside a similar subpoena case in New York, in which the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled earlier this month that Mazars had to turn over the president’s financial records to an investigation being conducted by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance.

“[A]fter reviewing historical and legal precedent, we conclude only that presidential immunity does not bar the enforcement of a state grand jury subpoena directing a third party to produce non‐privileged material, even when the subject matter under investigation pertains to the President,” the federal court decided.

After the 2nd Circuit ruling, Trump’s personal attorney Jay Sekulow, said his team planned to take the fight to the Supreme Court. “The issue raised in this case goes to the heart of our Republic,” Sekulow said in a statement. “The constitutional issues are significant.”

17 thoughts on “SCOTUS blocks release of President Trump’s financial information via court order

  1. this is nothing but a socialist communist fishing expedition TOTALY removed from any legal reason for disclosure.

    1. As an ex citizen born in a socialist country in Eastern Europe (a baby boomer), I can assure you, that your statement is correct. Yes, the democratic government, in its entirety, except the Republican section, is veering into a socialist system whereas even their legal procedures mach those of the former communist nations. The rules of law no longer are given any weight, and their socialist-mentality is indeed removed from any plausible legal reasons! (See our U.S. Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP, Rule No. 12). Yeah we are drifting into socialism at the highest level.

  2. The courts would not rule to force Obama to reveal his school records, so why are they trying to order Trump to release his financial records? Certainly, there is more reason to protect financial records than there is to protect school records. I keep expecting the Deep State to leak Trump’s financial records, and there are probably a bunch of undercover Leftist agents attempting to do the nasty deed.

  3. President Trump’s Tax returns have absolutely NOTHING to do with anything regarding The Congressional Impeachment Inquiry. Those are totally separate matters and will always be separate.

    1. Yes, you’re correct! We, some 64 million voters elected this Prez. regardless of his tax return info. being available to us! And we really did not care about his tax status, because he was OK with the fed. tax authorities! Title 26 USC in fact mandates a tax return on “every income event” and we all knew and presumed that he was compliant with the fed. tax laws. The present harassment the odious democrats in congress engage in is typical of the harassment they inflicted on this peaceful Prez. for the past 3.5 years! They should be put in chains and hauled to GITMO before a Military Judge there, as enemy combatants!

      1. I am so glad that SCOTUS ruled in his favor. What is going on in this country is terrible. #POTUS has not had a moment to do his job without being harassed by the liberals in the House. And at the same time Congress has not done their jobs.

  4. This is the most underhanded group of congressmen to ever take office. These Democrats should all be held in contempt and face ethics charges for attacking a sitting president.

    1. Whether or not the owner of a tax records has any hiding in there is IRRELEVANT.
      The tax records are privacy documents protecting by the Constitution of the USA, and they’ll ONLY be produced to a subpoena relating to an open law suit WHEN the party(ies) of that lawsuit have LEGITIMATE & RELEVANT reasons relating to that open lawsuit sought those privacy documents.

    2. Hey Dick, I didn’t vote for this man the first time. But, after seeing what the Democrats are made of now. I WILL vote for him in 2020!! If he can manage to move this country forward under the ‘duress’ he been dealt by the Democrats, I know he’s the RIGHT man for this job!

    3. You sound like a real communist, that’s what they used to tell us. If you are not a communist then do not use their tactics.

  5. A more disgusting, distasteful group of politicians I have never seen in my 69 years of existence!!!!!! A more deserving group of crooked low life’s in need of tar and feathering I could never even imagine!!!! May they go down in history as the group of know nothings who brought real Americans out of their hiding places and sent this rat pack running for their lives!!!!

  6. If Trumps financial records are released, so should all of the Congressional members have to release their financial records. Let’s see who is making and taking our tax dollars and not paying taxes on them, making themselves rich on our account.

  7. just shred all the documents. Hillary already set the precedent that is is OK to shred any evidence without any consequences. Right James Comey?

  8. We have the IRS to monitor his tax returns every year. I do not believe that personal information of his financial dealings should be made public. It is getting to the point that no one will run for office when their personal information is made public. As a citizen I do not want my tax information made public and believe I should be protected from such a disclosure by our government. If he has done something illegal the IRS has the authority to bring charges against him. If he doesn’t pay his taxes don’t you think the IRS would notice? He hasn’t paid off the IRS. Privacy is American.

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