Supreme Court Hears Arguments On Whether President Trump’s Tax Returns Should Be Released;Are We Living In A Lawful Democracy?
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A controversy at the center of Trump’s presidency reached the Supreme Court Tuesday, May 12, 2020. Will the justices force the release of Trump’s taxes to certain investigators? An attorney who has argued over 40 cases before the Court, Neal Katyal, says the new oral arguments lead him to believe the court will rule against Trump, and require the release of some tax returns and financial records. MSNBC Chief Legal Correspondent reports on the oral arguments, tracing the history of several related cases and contrasting Trump’s handling of his records to other candidates including Mitt Romney, and interviews Katyal and attorney Maya Wiley about the arguments on both sides, in the video “Trump Tax Returns Are Coming: SCOTUS Veteran Sees High Court Ruling Against Trump, MSNBC“, below:
Justice Thomas on the President’s Subpoenas, in italics, below:
Justice Thomas: At some point there is a straw that breaks the camel’s back, and it seems as though you’re saying that we should look at these in isolation as opposed to the aggregate. Why wouldn’t we look at all of them and look at the full effect and whether at some point it debilitates the president?
On the topic of Presidential Immunity, in italics, below:
Justice Kagan: The president can’t be treated like an ordinary citizen. But it’s also true, and indeed a fundamental precept of our Constitutional order, that a president isn’t above the law.
The U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments via telephone conference in the cases of First Argument: Trump v. Mazars, Trump v. Deutsche Bank AG and Second Argument: Trump v. Vance, in the video “Live: Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments In Trump Financial Records Cases, NBC News“, below:
The U.S. Supreme Court is poised to take up blockbuster battles pitting President Trump against his Democratic rivals, when it convenes Tuesday to hear arguments in disputes over the president’s efforts to shield his financial records from Congress and New York investigators, in the video “Listen live: Supreme Court hears blockbuster battles over Trump’s tax returns, finances“, below:
The Supreme Court heard arguments on Tuesday, May 12, 2020, over whether President Trump’s tax returns should be released. CBSN legal analyst Keir Dougall, a former federal prosecutor, joins CBSN’s Elaine Quijano with his analysis, in the video “Supreme Court considers whether Trump’s tax returns should be released“, below:
Ruling will not be arrived until June, 2020.
Today the Supreme Court heard a case deciding the fate of President Trump’s long-secret tax returns – one of the most high-stakes cases of the Trump era. The court met by phone conference as a coronavirus precaution, with reporters listening on the line. For MSNBC’s special coverage, Chief Legal Correspondent Ari Melber is reporting on clues from today’s argument and interviewing Neal Katyal, who represented the Obama Administration in a host of cases before the court as Acting Solicitor General, about this breaking legal news, in the video “Supreme Court Heading Towards Big Ruling Against Trump on Tax Returns, Says High Court Veteran“, below:
Arguments on Disclosure of the President’s Financial Records, in italics, below:
Justice Sotomayor: It seems to me you’re asking us to do is to put a kind of 10-ton weight on the scales between the president and Congress, and essentially to make it impossible for Congress to perform oversight and to carry out its functions where the president is concerned.
Justice Gorsuch: You argue that there is no demonstrated need, no substantial legislative purpose. The House is before us, and I’m sure we’re going to hear from them. But there is some substantial legislative need. Why should we not defer to the House’s view about its own legislative purpose?
Justice Breyer: The job of the House and Senate in part, as the president, is politics. That doesn’t bother me. But the Clinton v. Jones information does bother me. And the fact that what I hold today will also apply to a future Senator McCarthy asking a future Franklin Roosevelt or Harry Truman exactly the same questions, that bothers me. So what do I do?
The Supreme Court on Tuesday seemed prepared to rule that Congress went too far in seeking broad access to the president’s personal financial documents but that a New York prosecutor may be able to get his tax records. Benjamin Wittes and Barbara McQuade discuss, in the video “Law Experts Weigh In On Supreme Court Arguments, Morning Joe, MSNBC“, below:
Ruling will not be reached until June of 2020.
For better understanding of Tax returns of Donald Trump, please click HERE.
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