Democrats have been trying desperately to get their hands on the last several years of President Donald Trump’s tax returns.
And now there’s another twist in what seems like the never-ending saga.
The U.S. Supreme Court denied a request by House Democrats on Monday that sought to expedite the process of obtaining President Donald Trump’s financial documents.
Chief Justice John Roberts denied the motion, according to a court document.
The court document notes that liberal Justice Sonia Sotomayor would have granted the request to decide on the House of Representatives’ subpoena immediately.
Democrat lawmakers, following the ruling, requested similar access, but were blocked pending further review in a lower court, CNN reported.
House lawyer Doug Letter reportedly requested immediate acquisition on the subpoenas because he suspected “conflicts of interest” as well as possible “money laundering.”
“Immediate issuance of this Court’s judgments would accelerate the proceedings in the lower courts so that the Committees may obtain the materials necessary to undertake any needed legislative reforms as quickly as possible to address, among other issues, conflicts of interest that threaten to undermine the Presidency, money-laundering and unsafe lending practices, and foreign interference in U.S. elections and any other ongoing threats to national security arising from President Trump’s foreign financial entanglements,” Letter wrote in the document.
House Democrats have sought to obtain Trump’s financial history since April 2019 when they subpoenaed Mazars USA LLP, an accounting firm that holds the president’s personal financial records.
Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered a 7 to 2 ruling that will allow the subpoena of Trump’s tax records.
The Court ruled that Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr.’s subpoena that demanded access to the president’s finances could proceed.
But in the other case, the court ruled that congressional Democrats can’t have access to Trump’s financial records.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the House will continue to press for Trump’s financial records in lower courts after the Supreme Court on Thursday blocked Congress from getting Trump’s tax returns immediately.
“A careful reading of the Supreme Court rulings related to the president’s financial records is not good news for President Trump,” Pelosi said.
Pelosi said the House will continue to pursue the documents in the lower courts.
While “the process will take longer,” Pelosi cheered the court’s decision affirming Congress’ authority to conduct oversight on the presidency and called it a “victory” for the U.S. Constitution.
“We have a path that the Supreme Court has laid out that we certainly will not ignore. And we will never stop our oversight. That is our responsibility under the Constitution of the United States,” Pelosi said.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff isn’t bothering to hide his frustration about it and promised to continue fighting to get Trump’s records.
No one is above the law, not even the President of the United States.
Nor are they immune from congressional oversight or criminal investigation, no matter how much they endeavor to delay or evade them.
My statement on the Supreme Court decision this morning: pic.twitter.com/a31B0sgSIX
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) July 9, 2020
Democrats have been trying desperately to get their hands on the last several years of Trump’s tax returns.
Not because they would be able to understand what they are reading, but because they want political ammunition and anything they can use to defeat the president in the upcoming election.