Chief justice orders delay in House fight for Trump records

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chief Justice John Roberts is ordering an indefinite delay in the House of Representatives’ demand for President Donald Trump’s financial records.

Roberts’ order Monday contains no hint about how the Supreme Court ultimately will resolve the dispute.

It follows a filing by the House earlier Monday in which the House agreed to a brief halt for the orderly filing of legal briefs, while opposing any lengthy delay. Those written arguments will allow the justices to decide whether they will jump into the tussle between Congress and the president.

Last week, Trump made an emergency appeal to ask the justices to block the enforcement of a subpoena issued by a House committee to Trump’s accountants. The House has until Thursday to respond, Roberts said.

The high court has a separate pending request from Trump to block a subpoena from a New York prosecutor for Trump’s tax returns.

The justices next meet in private on Friday and could discuss what to do with the House subpoena. Without some intervention by the high court, a ruling by the federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., in favor of the House was set to take effect Wednesday.

The House Committee on Oversight and Reform would have been able to try to enforce the subpoena to the Mazars USA accounting firm.

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  • C

    Good. At least Roberts is aware that there’s no law requiring Trump to furnish any tax information. It’s an option and if he chooses not to, there’s no way they have the right to demand that he do so.

  • Ej

    There is no law that says any president has to release any tax records. The man gives away every penny of his $450.000 for three years, the man has helped more every day people then all the politicians put together and has flown our soldiers on his own plane at his expense. How about we see where our USAID is truly going thru the state department and then kicked back in the form of campaign contributions ? Or the families of politicians who are becoming wealthy off of bribes by foreign communist countries ? How about we open the books of publishing companies who are ghost writing books for politicians ? How about we find out how Osama is now worth over a hundred million + ?

    • C

      That’s not the point. It’s none of their business. If you work and if you file taxes, honestly how would you like it if someone wanted to see your privately filed returns and make them public for anyone to scrutinize? You’d likely say ‘screw you’ as well/

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