The court will review U.S. District Judge Amit Mehtas decision to uphold the subpoena on the grounds that the House is within its rights to investigate the presidents suspicious behavior, even if lawmakers have not pursued an official impeachment inquiry. Mehta was not convinced by Trumps lawyers, who argued that the Oversight Committees subpoena did not serve a relevant legislative function. In a 41-page opinion, Mehta wrote that Trumps arguments had fundamental problems, and that It is simply not fathomable that a Constitution that grants Congress the power to remove a president for reasons including criminal behavior would deny Congress the power to investigate him for unlawful conduct. The subpoena targets financial statements Trump had sent to his accountants at Mazars USA, in which he consistently exaggerated his assets — like adding 10 non-existent stories to Trump Tower and overstating his future revenue by as much as $72 million.
Its possible that Garland may not hear the case, as the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has yet to announce which judges will make up the three-person panel that will decide the appeal. But supporters of the president shouldnt expect Republicans past treatment of Garland to color any possible decision by his court: Prior to his nomination fiasco, the judge was known as a consummate pro revered by both parties for his methodical opinions.
Trump Begs Merrick Garland to Keep His Financial Lies Private
He was just a regular judge who was about to gain judicial superpowers and lifetime job security when then-President Obama nominated him to the Supreme Court in 2016 after Antonin Scalia died. But Senate Republicans, led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch Turtle Neck McConnell (R-Ky.), stalled the nomination.
Well, maybe its because God has a sense of humor or maybe its because the winds of justice always blow towards the righteous, but President Trumps tax return battle is headed to an appeals court that just happens to be headed by—yep you guessed it—Merrick Garland.
On Monday, a judge decided in favor of a House committee subpoena seeking the presidents financial records. Trumps attorneys vowed to appeal the decision and that decision is headed to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, whose chief justice is Merrick Garland, HuffPost reports.
Merrick Garland currently serves as the chief judge at the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, where Trumps legal battle will travel next as the presidents lawyers seek to reverse Mondays court ruling in favor of Congress.
But hold the excitement just a bit—while Garland runs the court, cases are heard by panels of three judges randomly assigned, so Garland is not necessarily going to hear the appeal (unless the decision is reviewed by the full court), HuffPost reports.
Formalities didnt stop Twitter users from having a field day with the idea that Garland could be a part of the decision to release Trumps financial records.
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