November 18, 2019

Will the Supreme Court Weigh in on Trump's Taxes?

“Once again, a federal court — this time the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit in New York — has slapped down the outlandish arguments that President Trump’s lawyers have been making about presidential power. Now, Trump plans to ask for review in the Supreme Court, where the justices should refuse to take up the case.

Trump v. Vance presented the most far-fetched legal argument the president has tried yet. As part of an ongoing criminal investigation, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. served a subpoena in state court seeking Trump’s private business records, including his tax returns. The subpoena was served on Trump’s accountants, not even on Trump himself. The president turned around and brought his own suit in federal court seeking to have the subpoena declared invalid. His argument? That a sitting president is constitutionally immune from any form of investigation.

This claim of “temporary absolute presidential immunity” is absurd, and the unanimous three-judge panel made quick work of it in its ruling Monday. Chief Judge Robert A. Katzmann canvassed a long line of Supreme Court opinions dating to 1807 — most notably the court’s unanimous decision in the Nixon tapes case — that foreclose the idea that the president, alone among citizens, occupies a law-free cocoon.”

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