SCOTUS Takes on Trump's Taxes

(A view of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. as seen from the steps of the United States Supreme Court.)

The U.S. Supreme Court has undertaken the dispute over Donald Trump's efforts to withhold his financial records from Congress and New York investigators and will hear oral arguments on the matter beginning at 10 am/ET today. Audio of these arguments will be made available to the public live in the ongoing process by the high court, who are hearing from counsel and asking their questions remotely.

The cases in question involve document requests from three House committees and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance relating to Trump's accounting firm and financial institutions, both before and during his presidency. You can listen to oral arguments, starting from the beginning here:

Trump has rejected all claims for access to his financial records so far, even after promising to disclose these records during his 2016 presidential campaign. A ruling from the Supreme Court is expected by late June, and the ruling could finally force Trump to provide access to those records and is expected to have long-lasting implications for the Separation of Powers Doctrine.

This is an interesting process that is being made available to the public via audio for the first time in history due to the coronavirus pandemic. Is this the first time you are listening to oral arguments at the appellate level? What about this process do you find interesting? What questions strike you as most interesting? What questions from which Justices are intriguing? (The fact that Justice Thomas is asking any questions at all is highly unusual.) Do any of the arguments made by attorneys make particular sense to you? What do you find most interesting about today’s oral arguments before the Supreme Court regarding the demand to disclose Trump’s financial documents to Congress and the New York Attorney General?

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