President Donald Trump is appealing to the Supreme Court in a last-ditch bid to block a subpoena from House Democrats for his financial records — his second request in the last month for the justices to block investigators seeking documents related to his personal business dealings.
In a lengthy filing Thursday, Trump’s lead personal attorneys Jay Sekulow and William Consovoy argued that the Supreme Court should take up the case because it was the first time a president’s personal records have been subpoenaed by Congress.
“At its core, this controversy is about whether — and to what degree — Congress can exercise dominion and control over the Office of the President,” Sekulow and Consovoy wrote, adding: “These are profoundly serious constitutional questions that the court should decide.”
If the Supreme Court decides to take up the appeal, it would be a monumental and precedent-setting separation of powers case likely to have implications for decades to come. The justices are already considering a separate petition from Trump filed last month aimed at blocking a grand jury in Manhattan from viewing his tax returns as part of an ongoing criminal probe.
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