Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has ordered a temporary halt on Democrats’ access to President Trump financial record on Friday, Dec. 6, which undermines long and on-going efforts by Democrats to access to President Trump’s tax records.
The move by leftist Justice Ginsburg came after President Trump asked the Supreme Court to put a temporarily hold on two subpoenas for his financial records from House Democrats to Deutsche Bank and Capital One.
The order stated, “UPON CONSIDERATION of the application of counsel for the applicants, IT IS ORDERED that the mandate of the United States Supreme Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, case No. 19-1540, issued December 3, 2019, is hereby recalled and stayed until 5 p.m. on December 13, 2019. It is further ordered that a response be filed on or before December 11, 2019 by 11 a.m.”
BREAKING: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has agreed to an administrative temporary stay blocking House Democrats from obtaining the president’s tax records. https://t.co/DStuis1Zoe pic.twitter.com/64z2Klhx6d
— Darren Samuelsohn (@dsamuelsohn) December 6, 2019
The justices were scheduled to discuss at least one and maybe two other similar cases at their private conference on Friday. One concerns a subpoena from the House for Trump’s financial records and the other is a demand from the Manhattan district attorney for his tax returns.
The court has already blocked the House from getting the financial records while it considers what to do with the cases. The district attorney has agreed to hold off enforcing his subpoena until the justices act. A decision on whether to hear the cases could come by mid-December, The Associated Press reported.
The subpoenas to Deutsche Bank and Capital One also seek documents pertaining to three Trump children, Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump, and Eric Trump and also the Trump Organization, and other Trump business holdings.
Without a Supreme Court order, the banks would have had to begin turning over records to House committees next week, according to The Associated Press.
Politico reported: “Trump-related requests are piling up at the Supreme Court—and the outcomes could set precedent on significant questions related to separation-of-power issues and whether a president is immune from state-based criminal investigations while in office.”
Includes reporting from The Associated Press