To paraphrase an old legal axiom: When Donald Trump feels the law is against him, argue the facts. If the facts are against him, try to use the law. If both are against him, pound the table and bring in the Supreme Court.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who refused to allow president Barack Obama to select a replacement justice after Justice Antonin Scalia’s death 10 months before the election in 2016, says he will move quickly to let Trump pick a new conservative judge just six weeks before the Nov. 3 election, setting off a sure firestorm in the campaign’s final days.
In decisions in two cases, the Court gave the Manhattan District Attorney’s office access to Trump’s tax and financial records but kicked the case giving access to Congress back to lower courts.
For the second time this week, the top court ruled against Trump, who fired back with re-election propaganda.
The vote was 6-3 with conservative justice Neil Gorsuch joining with his liberal colleagues. He also wrote the majority opinion of the ruling which said the law overrules bias.
For many, this case rests on Trump’s belief that he is above the laws he swore in an oath to uphold.
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