Supreme Court Takes on Trump’s Taxes

Supreme Court Takes on Trump's Taxes

As if it didn’t already have a full docket, the Supreme Court just got a lot busier going into 2020.

The court’s caseload already included hearings involving LGBT rights in the workplace, abortion issues and cases involving illegal immigrants just to name a few. Now, the Supreme Court has picked up a series of three cases regarding President Trump’s tax returns. Specifically, half of the country wants to forcibly unveil his personal and professional financial records.

What do these three cases have to do with Trump’s taxes?

  • One is a probe into Trump’s accounting firms
  • Another wants to uncover records from the Deutsche Bank
  • The last case is in regards to his dealings with Capital One bank

These cases will be heard in March 2020, which means that a decision would likely be made in June.

Where Does the Supreme Court Stand?

The answer to this question is a little more nuanced than one might expect.

Currently, our Supreme Court is deeply divided. Five of the Supreme Court justices are Republican-appointed conservatives, while the other four are Democrat-appointed liberals. This clash of ideologies makes for some heated discussions and controversial decisions.

On one hand, it’s reasonable to expect that the conservative judges would side with Trump. Not only do they uphold the law of the land, but Trump has adamantly declared that these probes into his personal finances are uncalled for. The long and grueling battle liberals have fought to get to this point should prove that.

However, the lower court judges claim to have justified their decisions by grounding them in Supreme Court precedent that dates back decades. This precedent would allow a president to be sued or subpoenaed and any attempt to reverse this sentiment might be unexpected. What they choose to do remains to be seen.

Tying It to Impeachment

On the flip side, at least four of the Supreme Court justices think that Trump’s claim that acting presidents should be protected from state investigation is justified. Additionally, this assertion would, broadly speaking, protect Trump from congressional oversight.

Furthermore, any rulings on these cases would be done well after any of the impeachment proceedings had ended. Democrats desperately wanted to use Trump’s financial records against him during the impeachment. Unfortunately for them, that’s now off the table, especially given their hastiness to try and force Trump out of office.

So, while this ruling won’t come for another few months, Democrats have one less piece of “evidence” to manipulate against Trump.

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