(Liberty Bell) – Well, this is surprising.
Friday, President Donald Trump won a very brief, and yet completely unexpected respite from the impeachment efforts when notoriously left-wing Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg issued a temporary order blocking some of the subpoena requests made by the Democrats.
“Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg temporarily blocked a lower court ruling ordering two banks to release President Donald Trump’s financial records to House Democrats,” Politico reported.
“Trump had asked Ginsburg to consider the emergency request earlier Friday. The temporary stay sets the issue on hold pending full consideration by the high court, it does not reflect how judges will rule in the underlying case.”
So….will the left soon be calling the Notorious RBG a “Russian asset”?
And just like that. She’s cancelled. 🤔👉U.S. SUPREME COURT JUSTICE GINSBURG PLACES TEMPORARY HOLD ON RULING THAT REQUIRES DEUTSCHE BANK AND CAPITAL ONE TO HAND OVER HIS FINANCIAL RECORDS TO CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEES https://t.co/XBI1h1sRys
— Jon Nicosia 🇺🇸🎄 (@NewsPolitics) December 6, 2019
So is Justice Ginsburg a Russian asset now too or? https://t.co/WPy5S7uNvK
— Austin Smith (@ChairmanAustin) December 6, 2019
— AJ🇺🇸 🏳️🌈🌈♥️🇺🇸🏳️🌈 (@AJLOVESPETS) December 7, 2019
The order will reportedly last through 5:00 pm this coming Friday, and Democrats on the House Financial Services Committee and Hosue Intelligence Committee have until December 11th, Wednesday, to respond to the legal arguments put forward by the president.
“Upon consideration of the application of counsel for the applicants, it is ordered that the mandate of the United States Supreme Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Case No. 19-1540, issued December 3, 2019, is hereby recalled and stayed until 5 p.m. on December 13, 2019. It is further ordered that a response be filed on or before December 11, 2019 by 11 a.m,” the order signed by Ginsburg reads:
BREAKING: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has agreed to an administrative temporary stay blocking House Democrats from obtaining the president's tax records. https://t.co/DStuis1Zoe pic.twitter.com/64z2Klhx6d
— Darren Samuelsohn (@dsamuelsohn) December 6, 2019
This very unexpected ruling came after a federal appeals court in New York “ruled on Tuesday that Deutsche Bank and Capital One should comply with subpoenas from the House Financial Services and House Intelligence committees seeking information about Trump’s finances,” according to Politico.
The Democrats have reportedly been seeking access to bank accounts, transaction details, and investment portfolios from POTUS along with the Trump organization and his three oldest children in a far-reaching effort to bolster their paper-thin impeachment case against the Trump administration.
In response to Tuesday’s ruling, the president’s legal team reportedly argued on Friday that the subpoenas from Democrats “do not fall within the [House committees’] constitutional or statutory authority.”
“The Court should grant this application to recall and stay the mandate,” they reportedly said. “The Court concluded that a stay is warranted in Mazars and, as House Counsel correctly explained to the Second Circuit, ‘Mazars involves the same legal issues presented here.’”
Mazars is the president’s accounting firm and in October, a federal appeals court had ruled that the firm must turn his financial records over to the House Democrats. In response, the president’s legal team convinced the Supreme Court to apply a temporary stay on that decision, through December 5th.
“The application for stay of the mandate presented to The Chief Justice and by him referred to the Court is granted,” the high court ruled. “The issuance of the mandate of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Case No. 19-5142, is stayed pending the filing and disposition of a petition for a writ of certiorari, if such petition is filed on or before December 5, 2019, by noon.”
This means that the Trump team has been given through December 5th to file a formal appeal.
In Thursday’s appeal, POTUS’ legal team argued that, by granting the Democrats their subpoenas, they’d be granting them legal power that no legislator should have.
“Under the D.C. Circuit’s decision, Congress can subpoena any private records it wishes from the President on the mere assertion that it is considering legislation that might require presidents to disclose that same information,” they wrote.
“Given the obvious temptation to investigate the personal affairs of political rivals, subpoenas concerning the private lives of presidents will become routine in times of divided government. It is unsurprising, then, that the one thing the district court, the panel, and the dissenting judges all agreed upon in this case raises important separation-of-powers issues. At its core, this controversy is about whether — and to what degree — Congress can exercise dominion and control over the Office of the President.”
Here is the full writ:
Biz Pac Review notes:
Congressional Democrats have acted as if their impeachment fantasy lends them the authority to do whatever they please, regardless of ethics and legality.
Last week House Intelligence Committee chair Adam Schiff published the phone records of the committee’s ranking member, of the president’s attorneys and even of a non-establishment journalist. He now faces a possible lawsuit of his own over this.
And prior to the official start of the impeachment hearings, Democrats passed a widely criticized resolution granting Schiff the powers of an independent counsel, when in reality he’s no such thing.
— Super Elite Space Force Pilot Cosmonaut 🌟🌟🌟 (@joyreaper) October 31, 2019
It’s unclear whether even a Supreme Court smackdown would be enough to quell the Democrats’ unrelenting demands for power.