President Trump is no ordinary politician, and there certainly is no real precedent for his presidency – and that was precisely the point when he was elected.
The nation was sick and tired of the status quo in Washington DC, and Trump’s drain the swamp ethos had our ears perked, our interested piqued, and our political spidey-senses tingling. He was something else, all right, and he was fixing to give the nation’s capital the sort of thorough cleansing that it so desperately needed.
But, like all such unique figures, Trump has been met with a resistance over his methods and his anomalies – which are the traits for which he was elected.
Once such point of contention came as the President bucked tradition in not releasing his personal financial records while out on the campaign trail. This reluctance, which was based on advice from Trump’s financial lawyers, has caused great conservation among Democrats, who have sought a litigious means to a reckoning.
That fight will now be taken up at the highest level possible.
The U.S. Supreme Court may have a conservative majority that includes two justices appointed by President Donald Trump, but his efforts to shield his tax returns and other financial records from scrutiny still face an uncertain future.
The court could decide this week on whether to hear appeals from Trump in three cases he has lost in lower courts. While the court has a history of allowing the president to make his case, it has also deferred to Congress’ right to investigate a broad range of issues. Two of the cases regard such congressional scrutiny.
Trump must win twice: First he must persuade the court to hear his appeals and then he must win on the merits. If the court decides not to hear one or all of Trump’s appeals, some documents would then be handed over.
The court, which has a 5-4 conservative majority including Trump appointees Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, could act as soon as Friday when the justices meet to discuss privately what action to take on pending appeals.
Timing is crucial, and if the court takes up any of the cases, a ruling is likely at the end of June 2020, only months before the November election in which the Republican president is seeking a second term.
Trump has so far had little luck in the lower courts, but it is uncertain just how SCOTUS will rule quite yet.
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