Supreme Court Rules that Trump Must Disclose His Taxes

Oh boy. 

 

The Supreme Court on Thursday said President Trump is not immune from New York’s subpoena, but prosecutor will not get documents now.

About the case: New York District Attorney Cyrus Vance had served a subpoena on Trump’s long-time accounting firm, Mazars USA, for his tax returns as part of an investigation into hush money payments to two women with whom the President allegedly had extra-marital affairs pursuant to testimony of Michael Cohen. (Trump has denied the affairs.)

During Supreme Court oral arguments in early May, Trump’s attorneys asked for “temporary presidential immunity” against the prosecutor’s subpoena.

Several of the justices did not seem receptive to Trump’s broad claims of immunity, pointing at times to court precedent concerning Presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton that were relied upon by the lower courts that ruled against Trump.

Justice John Roberts asked a lawyer for Trump about the fact that in Clinton v. Jones, the court allowed a private citizen to bring civil suit against a sitting president.

“You focus on the distraction to the President” in this case, Roberts told a lawyer for Trump, but he said in the Clinton case, “we were not persuaded that the distraction in that case meant that discovery could not proceed.”

Justice Sonia Sotomayor stressed that New York District Attorney Cyrus Vance was not targeting official acts by the President.

“You are asking for a broader immunity than anyone else gets,” she told a Trump attorney.

And when he emphasized that the president is different than an ordinary litigant, Justice Elena Kagan shot back, saying: “The President isn’t above the law.”

What I Learned Today – July 9

Japan has banned screaming on roller coasters. Looks fun! It’s more of a guideline than a rule. But they had 206 new cases yesterday while the US had 62,425 soooooooo.


Covid-19

Speaking of the plague.  What’s new today?

Trump’s hate filled rally two weeks ago is being blamed for contributing to a surge of Covid infections in Tulsa. Which was easily predictable. And those people who were infected with the rally were most likely spending the last two weeks spreading their germs far and wide, so good luck with that Oklahoma.

The mayor of Houston has canceled the GOP’s state convention. I haven’t looked into the reactions of the Republicans to this but I’m sure they are riled up that they can’t share each other’s covid infections with spittle fleck glee. It will be interesting to see what happens in FL now for the main hate convention GOP national convention given the numbers of infections.

The US set another record yesterday with over 60,000 new cases. The biggest one day record reported by any country on Earth. Trump did promise to make us #1 again and he finally delivered.

And we’re starting to run low on masks and gowns again. Might be a good time to also stock up on toilet paper.


And because everything else seems to suck, here’s Chef John with a cherry chocolate loaf that we made a week or two ago and was amazing: