The U.S. Supreme Court denied a request on Monday by House Democrats to speed the timeline of ongoing court cases regarding congressional subpoenas for President Donald Trump’s tax returns.
The new ruling follows an earlier 7-2 high court decision to continue protecting a tranche of the president’s financial and tax records from prying Democrat House committees, ordering the case returned to lower courts for additional litigation, The Hill reported.
Under normal high court procedures, the outlet noted further, the ruling would be sent to lower courts no sooner than Aug. 3, which is a delay Democrats wanted to do away with by asking justices to fast-track the process.
However, in an unsigned order, the court rejected the request, though Leftist Justice Sonia Sotomayor said she would have granted the request.
Democrats are hoping to get at the president’s records before the November election because they believe they contain evidence of illegality, especially since Trump has broken with precedent and has refused to make his tax returns public.
In November 2019, the Supreme Court blocked a lower court’s decision granting Democrats access to the president’s financial records in a case that essentially put the Judicial Branch in an unprecedented position of having to resolve a dispute between the Executive and Legislative Branches.
The same month, the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Manhattan prosecutor Cyrus Vance Jr. has a legal right to subpoena Trump’s financial records as part of a criminal probe.
“The decision of the Second Circuit will be taken to the Supreme Court. The issue raised in this case goes to the heart of our Republic,” Jay Sekulow, one of the president’s lawyers, said at the time. “The constitutional issues are significant.”
Earlier this month, the justices ruled that Vance Jr. can obtain the president’s tax and financial records while also ruling that Democrats could not.
The high court’s rulings appeared to resolve a number of issues with the case while remanding other issues to lower courts.
That said, conservative talk radio king Rush Limbaugh said even the decision involving Vance was really a win for Trump.
In discussing the ruling in favor of Vance during his July 9 program, Limbaugh speculated that there is nothing in the president’s records that will reveal any criminality.
“Are you telling me that in New York, where the IRS is, in Washington, where the IRS is, and we know the hatred for Donald Trump is everywhere. The idea that Trump’s tax records or related financial information has not leaked in four years, what does it tell you?” Limbaugh said. “That maybe it ain’t that big a deal anyway, that maybe there isn’t a whole lot there.
“Yet, when you tune into the panel discussions on both these networks, all you heard was, ‘This is a big defeat for the president. It’s a major defeat for the president. He’s gonna rue the day this happened. I don’t care what anybody else thinks. It’s a big, big, humiliating defeat for the president. Why, his two appointed justices even voted against him. It’s horrible,’” Limbaugh continued.
“And yet graphics the bottom of the screen, ‘New York DA, Congress cannot see Trump tax returns for now,’” he said, adding that Democrats’ subpoenas “will die with this Congress” after the November elections.
That said, in the portion of the ruling granted Vance’s request for being able to subpoena eight years’ worth of the president’s records, Chief Justice John Roberts, who authored the 7-2 decision, ordered that it take effect immediately.
However, it remains unclear how soon Vance will actually receive Trump’s records.
Author: Jon Dougherty