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Tue May 12, 2020, 02:15 PM

Divided U.S. Supreme Court wraps up arguments on Trump financial records

Source: Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday appeared divided over President Donald Trumpís bid to prevent Democratic-led congressional panels from obtaining his financial records but seemed more sympathetic toward a New York prosecutorís attempt to access similar records.

The courtís conservative majority signaled concern about improper harassment of the Republican president by Democratic lawmakers in the House of Representatives seeking Trumpís records. But questions by the conservative justices indicated skepticism toward Trumpís position in the New York case.

The justices asked tough questions of an attorney for Trump and a Justice Department lawyer who both sought to justify the presidentís quest to block subpoenas by three House for financial records held by third parties.

But several justices also pressed a lawyer for the House to explain why the subpoenas were not simply presidential harassment and whether Congress should be limited in issuing subpoenas so as to not distract a president or frustrate the carrying out of his official duties.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-court-trump-finances/divided-u-s-supreme-court-wraps-up-arguments-on-trump-financial-records-idUSKBN22O1F0



Probing Trump's financial improprieties related to scandals underway during his Administration is not harassment.

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BaronChocula May 2020 OP
flibbitygiblets May 2020 #1
KS Toronado May 2020 #18
NoRoadUntravelled May 2020 #27
DeminPennswoods May 2020 #30
Grins May 2020 #2
mahina May 2020 #8
ArizonaLib May 2020 #3
BComplex May 2020 #4
PNW-Dem May 2020 #15
Evolve Dammit May 2020 #17
LastLiberal in PalmSprings May 2020 #26
NoRoadUntravelled May 2020 #29
KPN May 2020 #32
PNW-Dem May 2020 #38
Grins May 2020 #39
mac56 May 2020 #22
TheFourthMind May 2020 #5
Stallion May 2020 #6
sop May 2020 #7
mahatmakanejeeves May 2020 #9
StClone May 2020 #34
BComplex May 2020 #36
Joinfortmill May 2020 #10
BComplex May 2020 #37
Scarsdale May 2020 #11
SkatmanRoth May 2020 #12
former9thward May 2020 #23
SkatmanRoth May 2020 #24
NotHardly May 2020 #13
ffr May 2020 #14
KPN May 2020 #33
Polybius May 2020 #35
cstanleytech May 2020 #16
bucolic_frolic May 2020 #19
lastlib May 2020 #20
LastLiberal in PalmSprings May 2020 #31
Hulk May 2020 #21
DallasNE May 2020 #25
NYC Liberal May 2020 #28

Response to BaronChocula (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 02:20 PM

1. "distract a president or frustrate the carrying out of his official duties"? S.e.r.i.o.u.s.l.y.

We're talking about the guy who spends his days retweeting celebrity gossip and thoroughly debunked conspiracy theories. Distraction is his normal operating mode.

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Response to flibbitygiblets (Reply #1)

Tue May 12, 2020, 04:25 PM

18. The House lawyers could have used your help today.....Excellent Reply

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Response to flibbitygiblets (Reply #1)

Tue May 12, 2020, 05:42 PM

27. Well stated!

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Response to flibbitygiblets (Reply #1)

Tue May 12, 2020, 05:52 PM

30. Hope the Dems' atty replied that in Jones v Clinton

the Justices ruled it was not a distraction for a president to be sued, deposed, etc for acts he committed before being elected president.
This is the DU member formerly known as DeminPennswoods.

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Response to BaronChocula (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 02:21 PM

2. "Supreme Court justices...appeared divided."

Translation: weíre hosed.

There is no law in America. Itís over. Packing the courts with Reich-wing, radical, ďactivistĒ judges has worked.

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Response to Grins (Reply #2)

Tue May 12, 2020, 02:44 PM

8. Please stop

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Response to BaronChocula (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 02:26 PM

3. Checks and balances?

Over site as explicitly described in the constitution can be interpreted as harassment? Why didn't Rehnquist freak out over this when the examination of the president's DNA in a dress was before congress?

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Response to BaronChocula (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 02:27 PM

4. THIS is why I'm critical of Joe Biden ads. When you play softball against people hurtling IED's,

you're going to get hosed.

The lawyer the house sent to argue the case did a terrible job. Way soft, way whimpy. That's how we got these supreme court justices; democrats are so willing to play nice with a group who is out for the jugular. If we don't start throwing down on them, this will only get worse.

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Response to BComplex (Reply #4)

Tue May 12, 2020, 04:04 PM

15. Biden open to a Repub VP

Amen to that. It really fries me to think that Biden would consider a Republican VP. Didnít they learn during the Obama years that it doesnít pay to reach across the aisle unless you use a fist.

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Response to PNW-Dem (Reply #15)

Tue May 12, 2020, 04:09 PM

17. I'm also deeply concerned (Susan Collins) that he would consider a Rethug. They are not the answer.

Obama reached across the aisle for years and they basically spit at him.

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Response to PNW-Dem (Reply #15)

Tue May 12, 2020, 05:34 PM

26. Seriously? I hadn't heard that. Does he WANT to lose?

Why doesn't he just say he'll name Pence as VP? Or Susan Collins, since he's committed to a woman VP.

Please tell me he didn't say that, even as a joke...

Now is the time the Democrats should go nuclear and wipe the Trump/Republican Party scourge from the face of the Earth, once and for all.

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Response to PNW-Dem (Reply #15)

Tue May 12, 2020, 05:48 PM

29. That's a disturbing thought with the VP being just a heartbeat away from the Presidency.

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Response to PNW-Dem (Reply #15)

Tue May 12, 2020, 06:43 PM

32. What?! Link please.

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Response to PNW-Dem (Reply #38)

Thu May 14, 2020, 05:13 PM

39. I hear Sarah Palin is available...

If Biden, who will be age 78 in January of 2021, does something as stupid as picking a Republican running mate weíre lost as a political party. Done. Kaput. Finished. Iím trying to imagine the furor at the DNC.

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Response to BaronChocula (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 02:27 PM

5. What's the argument? To do or not do our jobs? n/t

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Response to BaronChocula (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 02:31 PM

6. Former US Solicitor General Neal Katyl and George Conway Argue it was a Bad Day for Trump

especially with regard to the New York's prosecutors case-but they predicted a majority in each case

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Response to BaronChocula (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 02:36 PM

7. A lawful subpoena is not harrassment, it's the only remedy when a president stonewalls and

obstructs every attempt at oversight and investigation.

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Response to BaronChocula (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 02:46 PM

9. Various Twitter accounts

Supreme Court arguments on Trump's efforts to shield tax returns, personal financial records suggest a mixed outcome. And that might not be the end of it.



The Supreme Court's more than three-hour session over Trumpís tax returns, business records points to a mixed outcome.



George Conway, Noble Committee Chair Retweeted

Opinion: Trumpís lawyers just made appalling arguments to the Supreme Court



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The oral argument was Clintonís high-water mark, and I think the same is true of Trumpís cases today. The reason being that the Court takes hypothetical concerns about harms to the presidency seriously.



But in the end, the Courtís deciding the case that is *actually* before it, which means Trumpís going to lose big, worse than most people may think, just as happened with Clinton 23 years ago.


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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Reply #9)

Tue May 12, 2020, 07:39 PM

34. From the post: Trump's lawyers just made appalling arguments to the Supreme Court

I beg to differ: Many of the Supremos are his lawyers.

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Response to StClone (Reply #34)

Wed May 13, 2020, 11:24 AM

36. Agree. Trump is going to get off really easy on the house subpoena. Manhattan might be a little

more harsh, but the majority of the supremes, including the Chief Justice, are his lawyers, and they take it really seriously. They are not patriots.

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Response to BaronChocula (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 03:17 PM

10. Doesn't sound too promising for Congressional oversight.

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Response to Joinfortmill (Reply #10)

Wed May 13, 2020, 11:25 AM

37. Congressional oversight took a bad hit yesterday.

But since the supremes are in it for life, once the republicans go after a democratic president, the supremes will reverse themselves.

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Response to BaronChocula (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 03:20 PM

11. "His presidential duties"??

What a JOKE! He shirked those by ignoring the coming virus disaster. Instead, he went golfing, and held rallies. One of those duties is the daily report that all other presidents read first thing each morning. tRump does not waddle into the Oval Office until noon, after a rough morning of watching Faux, getting his hair and makeup done. This presidential "job" is the best gig he, and his family ever had. Wholesale stealing from the US Treasury. He is NOT the "president", he is just a pretender who does not even try to appear competent. What a LOSER. If he really cared about this country, he would resign, blow the whistle on his butt licker Little Mikey, and let someone with BRAINS take over. Of course, the Not-So-Supreme Court will rule in his favor, since the gop stocked it with pansy assed republicans. What have they got to lose, they have jobs for life. Surely THEY could do the honest thing for once?

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Response to BaronChocula (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 03:27 PM

12. Trump has lost the next election.

If his financials are examined by Congress, he will be shown for the liar he is.
If the SC hides his financials the voters will know what he is hiding is so serious he should be in jail, not the White House.

Either way, Trump is hosed by this case.

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Response to SkatmanRoth (Reply #12)

Tue May 12, 2020, 05:09 PM

23. Both the NY IRS and federal IRS have had his tax records and financial records for decades.

If there are crimes there why has there never been any action?

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Response to former9thward (Reply #23)

Tue May 12, 2020, 05:15 PM

24. Because he followed IRS law, but he is not telling us about his Russian connections

He owes money to loans from Russia, Saudi Arabia, and China. That is a risk to National Security - and he is hiding it.

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Response to BaronChocula (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 03:38 PM

13. HEY... if the rule of law is out for an office holder, it is out for the rest of us too

Good for the goose, good for the gander. Equality under the law and we all get an "Olie Olie Oxen Free" if this supposed Supreme Court gives it away to #45... all bets are off thereafter and any criminal charges brought by any LEO agency gets a good dose of "...so, to whom do the laws apply if they don't apply to all?"... let them play with that fight for the next 25 years and see how it tastes.

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Response to BaronChocula (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 03:50 PM

14. We need Joe Biden to replace these justices with justices, not political appointees.

Get everyone you know registered as a democrat.

and

GOTV.

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Response to ffr (Reply #14)

Tue May 12, 2020, 06:46 PM

33. And how would he do that?

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Response to ffr (Reply #14)

Tue May 12, 2020, 09:57 PM

35. Sure, if they retire

n/t

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Response to BaronChocula (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 04:05 PM

16. Any attempt to use claims of harassment regardless of their merits are immaterial as

the Constitution does not allow it as a defense by a President to refuse to obey a lawfully issued subpoena.
If it did then President Clinton could have told the Republicans to go fuck themselves over White Water and won.

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Response to BaronChocula (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 04:27 PM

19. No tax records, no emoluments clause

Duh!

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Response to BaronChocula (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 04:36 PM

20. They're so concerned about "improper harassment" of a president....

What they should be concerned with is *improper concealment of crime" BY a president.

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Response to lastlib (Reply #20)

Tue May 12, 2020, 06:00 PM

31. Who determines if something is "improper harassment"? That's right -- Herr Trump!

Speaking of which, when is harassment proper?

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Response to BaronChocula (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 04:47 PM

21. It is really discouraging to see just how political the Supreme Court is

When you have such trash as Clarence Thomas and the two new idiots appointed by the orange nut sack, it's obvious it makes no difference on the legality of anything. They are simply political hacks and serve no purpose for justice whatsoever.

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Response to BaronChocula (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 05:32 PM

25. Only Looking At Political Aspects Of Subpoena

There is a law passed at the end of Tea Pot Dome that grants access to tax returns as a means of oversight over a possibly corrupt government official. How Trump handled $280,000 in hush money payments on his tax returns would look to fit this circumstance perfectly. There are also court orders on subpoenas issued as part of Whitewater that were enforced so there is also precedence. It sounds like none of that will matter as the court looks to be leaning that oversight is presidential harassment. Indeed, tax returns are things every presidential candidate has made public over the last 40 years except for Trump so how can it be considered presidential harassment. It is anything but unprecedented.

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Response to BaronChocula (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 05:45 PM

28. Seems to me that fighting a subpoena all the way to the Supreme Court

takes considerably more time and is far more "distracting" or "frustrating" than complying with it.

What does Trump even have to do to comply with a subpoena? In this case, literally nothing except give the OK for the documents to be released. That would take less time than rewriting his tweet five times to fix all the typos. It's not like they're demanding he testify for 10 hours.

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