Supreme Court Temporarily Blocks Democrats' Subpoena

  • 11/17/2019 12:00 AM
  • Source: AAN
  • by: AAN Staff
Supreme Court Temporarily Blocks Democrats' Subpoena
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The Supreme Court has issued a temporary stay of a lower court ruling granting House Democrats access into President Trump's financial records. 

The president's lawyers appealed the ruling, set to go into effect Wednesday. (The Hill)

The subpoena from the House Oversight and Reform Committee will be unenforceable while the Supreme Court decides whether to take up the case or prolong Roberts's administrative stay. The panel is seeking eight years of Trump's financial records from his accounting firm.

Trump's lawyers argue that the committee has no legitimate purpose in seeking the documents.

"For the first time in our nation's history, Congress has subpoenaed the personal records of a sitting president from before he was in office," Jay Sekulow, one of the president's personal attorneys, said in a statement last week. "And, for the first time in our nation's history, a court upheld a congressional subpoena to the president for his personal papers. Those decisions are wrong and should be reversed."

A three-judge panel for the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals had ruled in a 2-1 decision that the House could subpoena the records. The circuit court later denied Trump's request to rehear the case.

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