Nov 22, 2019

U.S. Supreme Court to hear appeal in no-fly list case

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday decided to take up the Trump administration's bid to close a lawsuit filed by three foreign-born men who say they the FBI put them on the federal government's no-fly list for refusing to serve as informants, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The big picture: The justices will hear the administration's appeal of a lower court ruling from 2018 that allowed the Muslim men, each of whom is a U.S. citizens or permanent resident born abroad, to sue under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. They are seeking monetary damages, arguing they were put on the no-fly list without evidence that they threatened the airline or safety of passengers.

  • The 1993 federal religious freedom law says the U.S. government cannot “substantially burden” any person's exercise of religion without demonstrating "compelling governmental interest."
  • The men have not been removed from the list that bans them from air travel.
  • Arguments are expected for March, AP notes.

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Supreme Court grants emergency stay blocking subpoena for Trump tax returns

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The Supreme Court on Monday granted an emergency stay blocking Congress from enforcing a subpoena for President Trump's financial records, which a lower court had upheld in October.

Why it matters: The court didn't explain its reasoning, but the decision makes it likely that it will take up the case. For now, Trump's longtime accounting firm Mazars USA will not be forced to turn over Trump's tax returns to House Democrats investigating the president.

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Supreme Court temporarily blocks House subpoena for Trump's tax returns

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The Supreme Court on Monday issued an administrative stay blocking House Democrats' subpoena for President Trump's tax returns until both sides can file the necessary legal papers.

Why it matters: The lower court order compelling Trump's longtime accounting firm Mazars USA to turn over the president's financial records will be delayed until the Supreme Court decides whether to take up Trump's appeal. Trump has requested that the Supreme Court protect his financial records from both House investigators and the Manhattan district attorney's office, which is conducting a criminal investigation.

Supreme Court to decide on release of Trump’s financial records

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The Supreme Court agreed on Friday to take on three cases involving President Trump's finances to determine whether he can block the release of his records.

Why it matters: The court's ruling could give the American public a look at the president's finances after he has gone to great lengths to keep them under wraps.

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