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Noah Feldman

Trump Tax Cases Are a Win for Supreme Court Credibility

The Roberts court wants to make political rulings apolitically.

How much power does a president have?

How much power does a president have?

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The Supreme Court issued two landmark decisions today on President Donald Trump’s financial records. The first, Trump v. Vance, related only to a New York state criminal subpoena; the second, Trump v. Mazars, related to congressional subpoenas of Trump's tax returns.

In Vance, the court ruled that Trump's financial records may be subpoenaed by the New York district attorney’s office as part of a criminal investigation. It’s a devastating blow for the president. But Mazars was a tactical win for Trump, insofar as it likely means the courts cannot reach a final ruling on the issue in time for the November 2020 election.