Are We Headed for a Relitigation of United States Versus Richard Nixon?
After a slew of legal setbacks stretching back more than a year, President Donald Trump was handed a victory on Tuesday by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York, which issued a temporary stay so it could consider Trump’s argument that the city’s subpoena was political in nature and too overrreaching.
The same court ruled last month that Trump must hand over his tax returns to Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance.
“We look forward to arguing the merits on appeal,” Trump’s attorney Jay Sekulow said.
Things could get messy, because in July, SCOTUS left the door open for Trump to keep appealing on behalf of anyone hoping to defy the subpoena.
“Written briefs from the lawyers for both sides are due in the next few weeks, and the court will hold a hearing on the issue Sept. 25. If it rules against Trump— as the lower court did and as the appeals court did last time around— his lawyers would have to ask the Supreme Court to block access,” NBC reported. “In July, the Supreme Court rejected Trump’s contention that a sitting president is immune from any part of the criminal justice system, including grand jury investigations. But its decision said Trump could make the same arguments available to anyone in trying to defeat the subpoena.”