The U.S. Supreme Court Monday gave President Donald Trump a boost by extending its hold on a lower courtroom decision that required his longtime accounting agency to hand over his financial data to a Democratic-led House of Representatives committee.
The unsigned verdict will stay in impact until after the Supreme Court decides whether to listen to Trump’s appeal of the lower courtroom ruling that directed Mazars LLP, Trump’s longtime accounting agency, to comply with the order for the records.
Trump has until December 5 to file his appeal. The action by the justices suggests that there’s a good chance they may take up Trump’s appeal in his struggle with the House Oversight Committee but doesn’t assure it.
The case represents a vital showdown pitting the powers of the presidency against the authority of Congress, with Trump fighting doggedly to maintain details of this finances private even as he faces an impeachment probe in the House.
Trump appealed to the SC after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on November 13 rejected his request that the appeals courtroom reconsider its ruling the previous month in favor of the panel.
In a separate suit, Trump, on November 14, asked the Supreme Court to hear his appeal of one other lower court ruling that directed Mazars to provide native prosecutors in New York Trump’s personal and company tax returns from 2011 to 2018 as a part of a criminal investigation.
The Republican president’s lawyers have referred to as the House committee’s order to Mazars LLP illegitimate. The appeals court ruling, if left intact, would bring Democrats nearer to gaining insight on Trump’s enterprise interests and personal wealth.
The battle over Trump’s financial information is an element of a larger struggle between the president and the Democrats who hold the House and have launched quite a few probes – along with an impeachment investigation – into his conduct and various actions by his management.