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Supreme Court still sitting on Trump tax returns, and justices aren't saying why

February 18, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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

(CNN)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 controversy appeared to culminate at the Supreme Court last July, when the justices rejected Trump's claim that a sitting president is absolutely immune from criminal proceedings.

Vance agreed to wait to enforce the long-pending subpoena until the justices acted on Trump's emergency request.

When the latest round of litigation began, both sides premised their October filings on relatively quick court action and alerted the court to their pact requiring Vance to refrain from enforcement of the subpoena until the justices acted on the emergency request.

The DA's office argued that the subpoena to Trump accountants Mazars USA had been issued in August 2019 and that the high court has warned in past cases against frustrating the public interest by delaying a grand jury's work.

Throughout the Trump presidency, cases involving Trump regularly split the justices.

Yet Roberts was able to convince seven of the justices to join together in the July case of Trump v.

Even in the momentous July ruling, Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch (Trump's first two appointees) concurred only in Roberts' bottom-line judgment and expressed a competing rationale that could bolster a president's ability to fight a subpoena.

Here, however, because Vance agreed to hold off on enforcement of the subpoena, his office, rather than the Trump side, is disadvantaged by the court's inaction.

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