The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, Nov. 18, 2019 temporarily stopped a ruling requiring President Donald Trump’s accounting firm, Mazars USA, to hand over his tax returns to Congress.
Chief Justice John Roberts signed the temporary stay order. Although the move was anticipated, there is no indication about how the Supreme Court will ultimately resolve the matter.
Normally, five votes are required to grant a stay order. However, in certain cases one justice can impose a halt, pending a review by the full court.
The temporary stay order will allow the Democratic-controlled House Committee on Oversight and Reform until this Thursday, Nov. 21 to respond.
President Trump’s tax returns have been the focus of several lawsuits. A lower court had instructed Mazars USA to hand over President Trump’s financial records.
Last week, the president’s lawyers filed an emergency appeal seeking the conservative-majority U.S. Supreme Court to block the execution of a subpoena issued by a House committee to Trump’s accountants and to keep his tax returns away from Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance.
The appeal was to reverse a lower court ruling that order the president’s longtime accounting firm to hand over eight years of his tax returns to New York prosecutors.
Meanwhile, the subpoena will stay blocked until the Supreme Court makes a decision as to whether or not to hear the case. The next scheduled meeting of the Supreme Court will be on Friday when it may consider the case.
If the Supreme Court takes the case, then the justices will need to make a decision whether to hear the case during the current term ending in June 2020, or in the next term that will start in October 2020.
Should the Supreme Court choose to delay until the next term, an outcome on the case will ensue after the presidential election in November2020.
President Trump’s legal team maintained the U.S. president should be granted immunity from any investigation while in office.
“We are hopeful that the Supreme Court will grant review in this significant constitutional case and reverse the dangerous and damaging decision of the appeals court,” said President Trump’s lawyer Jay Sekulow in a statement.
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