Perspectives: The Supreme Court and Trump's Tax Returns

Headline Roundup May 13th, 2020

The Supreme Court heard arguments this week on whether or not President Donald Trump can bar his banks and accounting firms from releasing tax returns and financial documents associated with his businesses and holdings. The deliberations — on which a decision is expected next month — have resurrected debate about public officials disclosing finances, personal privacy, Trump's financial status and government corruption.

The story has been covered more prominently by left- and center-rated outlets. Some left-rated voices questioned whether or not the president has something to hide, and criticized his purported efforts to rise "above the law."

Perspectives: The Supreme Court and Trump's Tax Returns

From the Center
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ANALYSIS

Remember President Trump’s tax returns? It seems like a relic from the distant past, but only last December, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a trio of cases on whether the president could block his accounting firm and two of his banks from turning over eight years of tax returns and other financial records to Democratic-led House committees and New York City prosecutors. Trump’s lawyers have offered an extraordinarily expansive vision of his power as president, arguing that as chief executive he is immune from criminal investigations and congressional...

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From the Right
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ANALYSIS

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments yesterday in Trump v. Mazars, a case which asks whether the House Committee on Oversight and Reform overstepped its legal authority in 2019 when it subpoenaed Mazars USA, Donald Trump's longtime accounting firm, demanding eight years of financial records pertaining to Trump and several of his business entities.

In Barenblatt v. United States (1959), the Supreme Court held that "Congress may only investigate into those areas in which it may potentially legislate or appropriate." In Eastland v. U.S. Servicemen's Fund (1975), the Court...

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From the Left
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OPINION

On Tuesday, lawyers for President Trump appeared before the Supreme Court (hearing arguments again by telephone conference) to assert the claim that the nation’s chief executive is unaccountable to Congress or law enforcement authorities — that he is, in short, above the law.

The lawyers were trying to block three congressional committees and the Manhattan district attorney from getting access to years of Mr. Trump’s tax returns and other financial records, as well as those of his family members and companies. The House committees said they subpoenaed those records to...

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