The Supreme Court has ruled that the Manhattan district attorney can get President Donald Trump’s tax records, but rejected parallel efforts by House Democrats; plus, more of today’s top stories in conservative politics.
Supreme Court: Manhattan DA can get Trump’s tax records, House Democrats can’t
On Thursday, the Supreme Court delivered two split opinions on two cases that looked at whether President Donald Trump can shield his tax records from investigators. Both cases were split with 7-2 decisions, CNBC reported.
In the first case, the court said President Donald Trump is not immune from an attempt by the Manhattan district attorney to obtain his tax records.
“In our judicial system, ‘the public has a right to every man’s evidence.’ Since the earliest days of the Republic, ‘every man’ has included the President of the United States,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the New York case.
In the second case, in which Democratic-led committees of the House Of Representatives sought the president’s financial records, the court ruled that Congress could not have access to the tax information.
“This case is different,” Justice Roberts wrote. “Here the President’s information is sought not by prosecutors or private parties in connection with a particular judicial proceeding, but by committees of Congress that have set forth broad legislative objectives.”
“Congress and the President—the two political branches established by the Constitution—have an ongoing relationship that the Framers intended to feature both rivalry and reciprocity,” Roberts wrote.
Trump to challenge rulings
Both matters will go back to lower courts, NBC reported, stating: “the president can challenge that in court and the justices said he can fight House Democrats’ attempt to obtain financial records from the Trump Organization’s accounting firm and two banks.”
NYC closes down part of Fifth Avenue in front of Trump Tower to paint BLM mural
The city of New York closed off a stretch of Fifth Avenue in front of Trump Tower to begin the painting of a mural to Black Lives Matter (BLM) on the street in front of the building.
Trump spoke out about the plan on July 1, tweeting:
“NYC is cutting Police $’s by ONE BILLION DOLLARS, and yet the @NYCMayor is going to paint a big, expensive, yellow Black Lives Matter sign on Fifth Avenue, denigrating this luxury Avenue. This will further antagonize New York’s Finest, who LOVE New York & vividly remember the…horrible BLM chant, “Pigs In A Blanket, Fry ‘Em Like Bacon”. Maybe our GREAT Police, who have been neutralized and scorned by a mayor who hates & disrespects them, won’t let this symbol of hate be affixed to New York’s greatest street. Spend this money fighting crime instead!”
Another 1.3 million people file first-time unemployment benefits
The Department of Labor released its latest job figures revealing that, last week, 1.3 million Americans filed for first-time jobless benefits. However, the number of Americans now receiving unemployment benefits has fallen by nearly 700,000 and claims have fallen by 5 million since March.
The US economy gained a 4.8 million increase in jobs in the month of June. The coronavirus pandemic in the US caused roughly 48 million people to file for jobless benefits for the first time in the past 16 weeks, NBC reported.