Democrats have been trying desperately to get their hands on the last several years of President Donald Trump’s tax returns.
Democrats have claimed in court that they have a right to see the president’s tax returns, but their argument is so weak that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled against this twice now in less than a month.
The Supreme Court on Monday blocked House Democrats’ attempts to gain access to Trump’s financial records, instructing Trump’s lawyers to file a petition by December 5 on why the court should take on the case.
In other words, Trump can tell Democrats and Speaker Nancy Pelosi to go pound sand over their quest of getting his tax returns.
The Washington Post reported:
The court’s action signals that, even as Congress considers impeaching Trump, the court will undertake a more complete consideration of the legal powers of Congress and state prosecutors to investigate the president while he is in office.
The court instructed Trump’s lawyers to file a petition by Dec. 5 stating why it should accept the case for full briefing and oral argument.
If the petition is eventually denied, the lower court ruling will go into effect. If accepted, the case likely will be heard this term, with a decision before the court adjourns at the end of June.
William Consovoy, one of the president’s lawyers, said in a court filing:
“The Court should grant the stay. This is a significant separation-of-powers clash between the President and Congress. The dissenting judges made a compelling case why review is warranted and the decision below is unlikely to survive further review. And the Committee now says it will suffer no irreparable harm so long as the Court hears this case ‘on an expedited basis this Term, if it does grant certiorari,’ id. at 2, while Applicants will obviously suffer irreparable harm if a stay is denied. There is simply no basis to deny interim relief and thus end this case before Applicants have the opportunity to file a certiorari petition. To that end, Applicants are prepared to proceed on any schedule that the Court deems appropriate should the stay pending certiorari be granted.”
More BREAKING: The Supreme Court on Monday blocked House Democrats from gaining immediate access to Donald Trump’s financial records. Trump’s lawyers now have until Dec. 5 to file a formal petition for a hearing on the case. pic.twitter.com/A3lP61OLi9
— Darren Samuelsohn (@dsamuelsohn) November 25, 2019
Last week, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts issued a court order that placed an indefinite delay on the House Democrats’ demand for Trump’s financial records.
There’s a difference between the two orders handed down by the Court.
The emergency stay issued on Monday requires the votes of five justices. It will take four justices to agree to hear the Trump petition.
Given conservatives control a 5-4 majority on the court, it’s highly likely the 4 liberal justices will agree to hear the case and it will come before the court again.
The previous administrative stay from Roberts last week was just a placeholder and only needed his approval.
Beyond that, both decisions are a clear win for Trump and bad news for Democrats.
There is currently no law requiring U.S. presidents or presidential candidates to release their tax returns, but Democrats apparently don’t care about the rule of law.
This is the latest example of how extreme liberals are hellbent to trigger a real constitutional crisis in what will be a high stakes show down with the administration.
Now that their Russian collusion conspiracy theories blew up in their face, Democrats are trying to use “Trump’s taxes” as their new strategy to win the 2020 election.
Just like in 2016, most see that it won’t work.