Sep 13, 2019

Federal appeals court reinstates Trump emoluments case

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The Second Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated Friday a lawsuit that accused President Trump of violating the Constitution's emoluments clause, per Bloomberg.

Why it matters: The decision dredges up one of the president's most persistent ongoing legal threats. It's a high-level ruling for such a case and could force the president to defend himself in court because only an expanded version of the Second Circuit or the Supreme Court could overturn the decision.

  • The case was originally brought by Trump's business rivals in New York, but was dismissed by a lower-level federal judge in December 2017.

The big picture: This isn't the only emoluments-linked case that the president has faced.

  • The Fourth Circuit dismissed a suit brought by the attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia in July.
  • A separate lawsuit from congressional Democrats is also working its way through the courts.

Go deeper: Trump made at least $434 million from his business in 2018

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Appeals court upholds House subpoena for Trump's financial records

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The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Friday a House subpoena for President Trump's financial records to Mazars USA, the president's longtime accounting firm.

Why it matters: This is one of the last stops for this case. Unless the president's legal team asks the full D.C. Circuit to take up the case or appeals it to the Supreme Court, the president could lose his fight to keep his financial records private.

The fight for Trump's taxes

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A federal appeals court ruling Friday morning in House Democrats' favor was just one piece of a web of ongoing court and legislative battles to obtain President Trump's tax returns and financial records.

Why it matters: The case to subpoena President Trump's financial records from Mazars USA, his longtime accounting firm, is much farther along in the courts than most of the opposition's other efforts — and it might be Democrats' best chance to make them public.

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Second-term Supreme Court cases to watch

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The Supreme Court, now with a solid conservative majority after Justice Brett Kavanaugh's appointment, is hearing cases that could have long-term ramifications on immigration, LGBTQ employment protections and access to abortion.

The big picture: The high court — with 5 conservatives and 4 liberals — kept a relatively low profile in its first term this year. But it could hand major wins to Republicans in 2020's second term, emboldened by Kavanaugh's appointment and sharpening their focus as a slew of hot-button disputes work their way up from lower courts.

Key cases to watchArrowUpdated Oct 18, 2019