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Chapter : Supreme Court Rules on Trump Financial Records : July 9, 2020
Supreme Court Rules on Trump Financial Records : July 9, 2020
Throughout his presidency, Donald Trump argued for an extremely expansive interpretation of executive power. When a New York grand jury issued a subpoena to President Trump’s accountants seeking his personal and business financial records and tax returns, the president sued back, arguing that he not only had absolute immunity from being prosecuted while he is president, but that he is categorically immune from even being investigated by local law enforcement. This argument was rejected by the Supreme Court on July 9, 2020, in the case Trump v. Vance. Although the case was decided by a 7–2 majority, on the central question ...