Paul L. Caron

Monday, February 22, 2021

Supreme Court Again Rejects Trump’s Bid To Shield His Tax Returns From Manhattan Prosecutor

TRUMP, DONALD J. V. VANCE, CYRUS R., ET AL. (20A63), 592 U.S. ___ (Feb. 22, 2021):

The application for a stay presented to Justice Breyer and referred to the Court is denied.

CNN, The Supreme Court Is Still Sitting on Trump's Tax Returns, and Justices Aren't Saying Why:

Lawsuits involving Donald Trump tore apart the Supreme Court while he was president, and the justices apparently remain riven by him.

For nearly four months, the court has refused to act on emergency filings related to a Manhattan grand jury's subpoena of Trump tax returns, effectively thwarting part of the investigation.

The Supreme Court's inaction marks an extraordinary departure from its usual practice of timely responses when the justices are asked to block a lower court decision on an emergency basis and has spurred questions about what is happening behind the scenes.

Chief Justice John Roberts, based on his past pattern, may be trying to appease dueling factions among the nine justices, to avoid an order that reinforces a look of partisan politics. Yet paradoxically, the unexplained delay smacks of politics and appears to ensnarl the justices even more in the controversies of Trump.

The Manhattan investigation, led by District Attorney Cyrus Vance, continues to draw extensive public attention. The grand jury is seeking Trump personal and business records back to 2011. Part of the probe involves hush-money payments Trump lawyer Michael Cohen made to cover up alleged affairs. (Trump has denied those allegations.) ...

The path the justices have taken -- or, rather, not taken -- has baffled lawyers following the case. Long known for its secretive ways, the court has added a new dimension of mystery with Trump v. Vance.

All that's evident is the justices have diverged from long-standing practice and hindered the investigation of a former president.

New York Daily News, Trump Lawyers Will Petition U.S. Supreme Court to Further Delay Handing Over Tax Returns to Manhattan Grand Jury

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