Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, normally a rubber stamp for whatever the Democrats want, betrayed liberals by giving President Donald Trump a major victory.
The Justice was tasked with deciding whether the Democrats in Congress would get a hold of the president’s tax records on Friday and she gave them a stunning decision.
The 86-year-old Justice placed a temporary administrative hold on the Democrat’s efforts, thwarting them in the process, The Daily Wire reported.
The move by Ginsburg came after Trump asked the nation’s highest court to temporarily halt two subpoenas for his financial records from House Democrats to Deutsche Bank and Capital One.
CNBC reported that Trump application “was submitted to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg because she is assigned to the 2nd Circuit.”
CNN Supreme Court reporter Shimon Prokupecz noted that Ginsburg’s order “reflects that the court wants more time before deciding whether or not to block the House subpoenas.”
The decision came after a federal appeals court decided that Deutsche Bank and Capital One has to hand the Democrats in the House of Representatives the president’s personal and business financial records.
Both the Intelligence and Financial Services Committee, headed by Democrats said they want to investigate potential money laundering overseas and other matters related to the president’s finances.
“The idea that the Committees have an urgent need to consider legislation during the short period of time the petition will be under review is implausible,” Patrick Strawbridge, the president’s attorney, said in the application.
The legal team for the president filed an emergency request to place a hold on the lower court’s decision to give them time for to argue for a full review at the Supreme Court.
“[T]he issue at this stage is straightforward: whether the President will be allowed to petition for review of an unprecedented demand for his personal papers, or whether he will be deprived of that opportunity because the Committees issued these subpoenas to third parties with no incentive to test their validity,” the president’s attorneys said.
“The Court should grant this application to recall and stay the mandate. The Court concluded that a stay is warranted in Mazars and, as House Counsel correctly explained to the Second Circuit, ‘Mazars involves the same legal issues presented here,’” the president’s attorneys said.
“Under the D.C. Circuit’s decision, Congress can subpoena any private records it wishes from the President on the mere assertion that it is considering legislation that might require presidents to disclose that same information,” they said.
Ginsburg, an associate Justice on the Supreme Court, place a hold on the ruling until December 13, and told the House committees to respond to President Trump’s attorney’s arguments by December 11.
“Upon consideration of the application of counsel for the applicants, it is ordered that the mandate of the United States Supreme Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Case No. 19-1540, issued December 3, 2019, is hereby recalled and stayed until 5 p.m. on December 13, 2019. It is further ordered that a response be filed on or before December 11, 2019 by 11 a.m,” she said in her order, The New York Times reported.
The stay issued by Justice Ginsburg came just three days after the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York said that Deutsche Bank and Capital One must cooperate with subpoenas of two Democratic-controlled committees in the House of Representatives.
The release of the records had been expected to give Democrats a trove of documents about Mr. Trump’s financial dealings as they pursue impeachment.
The stay is in effect until Dec. 13 and is not considered an indication of any potential ruling by the Supreme Court in Mr. Trump’s appeal of the disclosure order, as well as Justice Ginsburg’s leanings in the records dispute.