Correction: While the Supreme Court’s decision to review a case in which President Trump challenged a congressional subpoena, and this, because of parallelism with the ‘obstruction of justice’ charge in the impeachment process, shakes this charge, the high court has no jurisdiction to affect the impeachment of the president. The BL apologizes for the error and regrets any inconvenience it may have caused.

After several weeks of threats, witnesses who had not witnessed the telephone conversation between Ukrainian President Zelenskiy and Trump, and several boring hearings, House Democrats passed two impeachment articles.

This Friday the House Judiciary Committee voted 23 to 17. Now, the indictment should be voted on next week by the full House of Representatives as part of the impeachment process and eventually pass to the Senate.

The two impeachment articles include these alleged crimes:

  • Abuse of power
  • Obstructing Congress

The U.S. Supreme Court granted Friday certiorari in Trump’s three tax disputes, which means the Superior Court will consolidate the cases and hear President Trump’s arguments in March 2020. This will be resolved in June of next year, just months before the 2020 elections and unfortunately too late to have any bearing on the impeachment outcome.

President Trump had asked the judges to overturn three lower court rulings that would require his long-standing accounting firm and two of his banks to turn over financial records to Democratic investigators, assuring them that he had committed no wrongdoing and that it was another “witch hunt” by the Democrats. But the Supreme Court has no jurisdiction over the impeachment.

Democrats in the House have tried to ask for financial records and other information about the president that have nothing to do with his office, that predate his office, and that they have no authority to ask for. In this way they make it appear that the president is obstructing justice by refusing to present them.

Certiorari is a judicial process for seeking judicial review of a decision of a lower court or administrative agency.

 

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