The United States Supreme Court on Monday granted President Trump’s emergency request to suspend enforcement of a congressional subpoena seeking financial records from his personal accountants at Mazars USA. This crucial judgment may in fact keep the documents from House Democrats for months—if they ever do see them at all.
As part of this ruling, they suggested that Trump act swiftly thus not allowing him to delay proceedings through the 2020 election. He now has until December 5th at 12pm to enter follow up action with the Supreme Court.
Late Chairman of the House Oversight Committee Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) issued a subpoena to Trump’s accounting firm back in April seeking at least eight years of related financial records. Yet sadly Rep. Cummings passed away suddenly five weeks ago.
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. also has requested access to Trump’s financial documents in a separate but related New York State suit.
Trump’s counsel petitioned in an emergency request November 15th that rejecting a summons was warranted as the case presents “unprecedented separation-of-powers issues that warrant the court’s review.” Plus this decision “will have lasting consequences for the functioning of the presidency,” they declared.
House Democrats insisted in court papers they will be quite likely subjected to “severe harm…by being deprived of information it urgently needs to exercise its constitutional functions.” They staged a formal public impeachment inquiry into President Trump with committee hearings finishing last Thursday.
General Counsel for House Oversight leadership Douglas Letter communicated in a brief that same day, “The committee is investigating whether senior government officials, including the president, are acting in the country’s best interest and not in their own financial interest, whether federal agencies are operating free from financial conflicts and with accurate information, and whether any legislative reforms are needed to ensure that these fundamental principles are respected.”
The president’s attorney William Consovoy effectively argued there was, “simply no basis to deny interim relief and thus end this case before Applicants have the opportunity to file a certiorari petition. While further indicating, Applicants are prepared to proceed on any schedule that the Court deems appropriate.”
A Washington Post piece reported last night, “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.”
As the calendar turns to December, an avalanche of activity is expected on that front.