Justice Ginsburg Puts Temporary Hold on Trump Financial Records Dispute

REUTERS/Jim Young

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday put a temporary hold on a court ruling that would require records held by Deutsche Bank AG and Capital One Financial Corp to be handed over to Democratic-led congressional panels.

President Donald Trump’s lawyers asked the high court to put a hold a Dec. 3 ruling by Manhattan-based 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals directing the two banks to comply with April subpoenas by the House of Representatives Financial Services Committee and Intelligence Committee for the financial records.

In a brief order, Ginsburg said that the lower court ruling is now on hold until Dec. 13.

The material sought by the committees includes records of accounts, transactions and investments linked to Trump, his three oldest children, their immediate family members and several Trump Organization entities.

Trump filed an appeal to the Supreme Court on Thursday in a separate case seeking to prevent the House Oversight Committee from obtaining financial records from Mazars LLP, Trump’s longtime accounting firm. An appeals court in Washington ruled against Trump in October.

The Supreme Court on Nov. 25 granted Trump’s request to put the subpoena enforcement in that case on hold while the president appeals the matter. Both cases represent an important showdown over the powers of the presidency versus those of Congress.

The lower court rulings, if left intact, would bring House Democrats closer to getting some of the details about Trump’s business interests even as they pursue an impeachment inquiry focusing on his dealings with Ukraine.

Trump, running for re-election in 2020, has fought to keep his financial and tax records private. He broke with tradition by not releasing his tax returns as a candidate in 2016 and as president.

Trump sued Deutsche Bank and Capital One in an effort to prevent the disclosure of his financial records. U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos ruled in May that the subpoenas could be enforced, prompting Trump’s to appeal to the 2nd Circuit.

Trump in November also asked the Supreme Court to reverse a separate appeals court ruling that directed Mazars to hand over his personal and corporate tax returns from 2011 to 2018 to local prosecutors in New York City. The justices are due to discuss on Dec. 13 whether to hear Trump’s appeal in that case.

In that same case, the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, a Democrat, is seeking the returns as part of a criminal investigation into Trump and the Trump Organization, the president’s family real estate business.

The court has a 5-4 conservative majority that includes two Trump appointees: Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.

All three cases could be put on a fast track, meaning that if the court decides to hear them, a ruling would be possible before the end of June, when its current term ends.

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James
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>Bob<

Next time, draw some pictures in crayon so the muddle headed one can get his/her/it's team of Socialist/Communist handlers to explain it to him/her/it. You need to understand how "confused" he/she/it stays when facts are presented.

Craig
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Watch it, Ruthie, the Jacobins are already coming after Jonathan Turley; you’ll be next. And wasn’t it just a few months ago they were willing to give you their organs to keep you going?

Millie Tyler
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Some things are controversial. Protecting the privacy rights of Americans should not be.

Bob
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confuction the liar and his merry band (syphilis, twitchel and the whole of the demonrat party) of liars, cheats and thieves (also violent, back stabbing, hateful of anything American).

Cherl
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Good for her. Trump’s business before he was President is his business. No doubt if there was anything there it would have been leaked. Can’t find any directive that any President is obligated to turn them over.

Tracy
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Endless fishing trips hoping to snag a fish, any fish. Go me the man and the Democrats will invent a crime to fit him. Show us the crime and then investigate who committed it! Otherwise, this is the Democrats acting like Russia communist. Biden and his son have clearly shown themselves to have committed abuses of not crimes in Ukraine and yet nothing is done to them! There is no justice in the land! Just Democratic lies and deceit to abuse and exploit the just and enrich their vile evil actions to enslave the free!

Tracy
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Hate is a lot of work, you have to do it everyday.

Tracy
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Democrats feel they have the right to dig into anyone. That means all Americans.
Freedom is a dirty word to them.

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