Categories for Supreme Court

31,969. 12/31/2019

IMPEACHMENT/SUPREME COURT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “As Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. prepares to preside over the impeachment trial of President Trump, he issued pointed remarks on Tuesday [12-31-19] in his year-end report on the state of the federal judiciary that seemed to be addressed, at least in part, to the president himself. The two men have a history of friction, and Chief Justice Roberts used the normally mild report to denounce false information spread on social media and to warn against mob rule. Some passages could be read as a mission statement for the chief justice’s plans for the impeachment trial itself…The nominal focus of the report was the importance of civics education, but even a casual reader could detect a timely subtext, one concerned with the foundational importance of the rule of law.”

Adam Liptak, “Impeachment Trial Looming, Chief Justice Reflects on Judicial Independence,” The New York Times online, December 31, 2019

31,763. 12/13/2019

CONGRESS/SUPREME COURT/TRUMP TAXES: “The Supreme Court agreed on Friday [12-13-19] to decide whether President Trump can block the release of his financial records, setting the stage for a blockbuster ruling on the power of presidents to resist demands for information from prosecutors and Congress. The court’s ruling, expected by June, could  require disclosure of information the president has gone to extraordinary lengths to protect. Or the justices could rule that Mr. Trump’s financial affairs are not legitimate subjects of inquiry so long as he remains in office. Either way, the court is now poised to produce a once-in-a-generation statement on presidential accountability. The case will test the independence of the court, which is dominated by Republican appointees, including two named by Mr. Trump. In earlier Supreme Court cases in which presidents sought to avoid providing evidence, the rulings did not break along partisan lines.”

-Adam Liptak, “Supreme Court to Rule on Release of Trump’s Financial Records,” The New York Times online, December 13, 2019 

31,305. 12/6/2019

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/PRISONERS/SUPREME COURT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration’s plans to resume federal executions next week for the first time in over 16 years were scuttled Friday [12-6-19] night after the Supreme Court turned down the Justice Department’s emergency bid to lift a lower-court order blocking the plan. The high court’s order came with officials pressing to carry out the first execution by lethal injection Monday at the U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind. One more had been scheduled for the following Friday with two others set to follow next month. No justice publicly dissented from the Supreme Court’s order, but three justices signed onto a brief statement expressing strong doubt about the central legal argument wielded to halt the executions: that federal law requires the U.S. Bureau of Prisons to follow the execution process used by the state where a defendant was convicted.”

Josh Gerstein, “SCOTUS snubs Trump administration’s execution plans,” Politico, December 6, 2019 7:55 pm

31,299. 12/6/2019

SUPREME COURT/TRUMP BUSINESS/TRUMP TAXES: “Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg temporarily blocked a lower court ruling ordering two banks to release President Donald Trump’s financial records to House Democrats. Trump had asked Ginsburg to consider the emergency request earlier Friday [12-6-19]. The temporary stay sets the issue on hold pending full consideration by the high court, it does not reflect how judges will rule in the underlying case. The stay is ordered until 5 p.m. on Dec. 13, and the court ordered that a response must be filed on or before Dec. 11 by 11 a.m. The emergency filing came after a federal appeals court in New York ruled on Tuesday [12-3-19] that Deutsche Bank and Capital One should comply with subpoenas from the House Financial Services and House Intelligence committees seeking information about Trump’s finances.”

-Kellie Mejdrich, “Justice Ginsburg temporarily halts Trump financial records subpoena,” Politico, December 6, 2019 6:43 pm

31,264. 12/5/2019

SUPREME COURT/TRUMP BUSINESS/TRUMP TAXES: “President Donald Trump asked the Supreme Court Thursday [12-5-19] to block a subpoena for his financial documents, arguing that the House exceeded its authority when it ordered Trump’s longtime accounting firm Mazars USA to turn over his personal records. The justices have already put a temporary freeze on the subpoena while they consider in the coming days and weeks whether to take up the appeal. The fate of Trump’s attempts on multiple front to shield his financial records is now squarely before the highest court in the land. The justices have already said they will meet behind closed doors on December 13 to discuss a similar petition concerning a New York grand jury subpoena for Trump’s tax returns. In addition, Trump’s lawyers are likely to appeal a separate case they lost concerning a subpoena to Deutsche Bank for similar documents.”

Ariane de Vogue, “Trump asks Supreme Court to block House subpoena for financial documents and take up case,” CNN Politics,, December 5, 2019 1:54 pm

31,253. 12/5/2019

DEMS/SUPREME COURT/TRUMP BUSINESS/TRUMP TAXES: “President Trump asked the Supreme Court on Thursday [12-5-19] to hear a second case concerning a subpoena to his accounting firm for his financial records. The new petition, objecting to a subpoena from a House committee, follows a petition filed last month about a similar subpoena from Manhattan prosecutors. Both cases are moving fast, and the court could announce as soon as Dec. 13 whether the justices will hear them. If the court agrees to weigh in, it will probably issue a decision by June, in the midst of the final months of the presidential campaign. A Supreme Court ruling in either or both cases would almost certainly produce a major statement on presidential immunity from criminal and congressional investigations. In both cases, Mr. Trump sued to stop his accounting firm, Mazars USA, from complying with subpoenas for records. Federal appeals courts ruled against Mr. Trump in both cases.”

Adam Liptak, “Trump Again Asks Supreme Court to Bar Release of His Financial Records,” The New York Times online, December 5, 2019

31,014. 11/25/2019

DEMS/SUPREME COURT/TRUMP TAXES: “The Supreme Court on Monday [11-25-19] delivered a setback to the House Democrats’ impeachment probe by blocking a lower court decision that had granted investigators immediate access to President Donald Trump’s financial records. At least five justices agreed to the unsigned, one-paragraph order putting the pause on a lower court ruling that had favored a Democratic subpoena for the materials from one of Trump’s accounting firms. No justice publicly noted any opposition to the stay. The ruling will prevent Democrats from swiftly obtaining Trump’s tax information as they start to prepare articles of impeachment against Trump. Lawmakers are expected to decide in the coming weeks whether to broaden their case beyond the swirling Ukraine scandal to include allegations that Trump abused his position for personal financial gain. Monday’s Supreme Court’s decision is only temporary.”

Darren Samuelsohn, “Supreme Court blocks Trump’s financial records from immediate release,” Politico, November 25, 2019 8:05 pm

30,979. 11/24/2019

CALIFORNIA/SUPREME COURT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @AndrewPollackFL: The California Supreme Court is the only piece of government in the state that has any common sense left. President T…”

Donald Trump,, November 24, 2019 2:31 pm

30,926. 11/22/2019

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/LEGAL/NEW YORK/SUPREME COURT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP TAXES: “The U.S. Justice Department on Friday [11-22-19] backed President Donald Trump in his fight at the Supreme Court to prevent his tax returns from being disclosed to a New York prosecutor. The court filing by Solicitor General Noel Francisco comes a week after Trump filed an appeal in his individual capacity seeking to reverse a lower court ruling that directed his longtime accounting firm, Mazars LLP, to hand over eight years of his tax returns to Manhattan prosecutor Cyrus Vance. Trump appealed a Nov. 4 ruling by the New York-based 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that said prosecutors can enforce a subpoena demanding his personal and corporate tax returns from 2011 to 2018 that would allow the material to be viewed by a grand jury.”

Lawrence Hurley, “Justice Department backs Trump in Supreme Court fight over his tax returns,” Reuters, November 22, 2019 4:34 pm

30,877. 11/21/2019

DEMS/LEGAL/NEW YORK/SUPREME COURT/TRUMP TAXES: “House Democrats and Manhattan’s top prosecutor told the Supreme Court Thursday [11-21-19] that President Donald Trump’s arguments to shield his tax returns and financial records are weak, and not deserving of the justices’ intervention. The Democrats said they should be allowed to enforce their demands for Trump’s financial records from his accounting firm immediately. The House’s plea to allow enforcement of its subpoena comes a few days after Chief Justice John Roberts imposed an indefinite delay to give the court time to figure out how to handle the case. Trump made an emergency appeal to the court to block the subpoena from being enforced in the meantime after an appeals court in Washington, DC, ruled against him. A similar fight also has reached the high court from New York, where the Manhattan district attorney wants Trump’s tax returns for a criminal investigation.”

Associated Press Staff, “House Urges Court to Lift Hold on Subpoena for Trump Records,” The New York Times online, November 21, 2019

30,618. 11/14/2019

DEMS/SUPREME COURT/TRUMP TAXES: “President Donald Trump’s lawyers took the fight over access to his tax returns to the Supreme Court on Thursday [11-14-19] in a last-ditch bid to keep his financial records secret while simultaneously fighting Democrats over impeachment. It’s the president’s first tax-related petition to the Supreme Court in a case that revolves around a decision by a New York-based federal appeals court last week requiring Trump to turn over his tax returns to a grand jury in Manhattan overseen by District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr…Sekulow also said he planned to file a separate request to the Supreme Court on Friday asking the justices to issue a stay on a ruling on a similar matter by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. On Wednesday [11-13-19] evening the court declined to grant Trump a full-bench hearing on a 2-1 decision a panel of that court issued upholding a subpoena from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee demanding a broad set of Trump’s financial records.”

Darren Samuelsohn and Josh Gerstein. “Trump lawyers take fight over tax returns to Supreme Court,” Politico, November 14, 2019 6:01 pm

30,520. 11/12/2019

DREAMERS/SUPREME COURT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Supreme Court’s conservative majority appeared ready on Tuesday [11-12-19] to side with the Trump administration in its efforts to shut down a program protecting about 700,000 young undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers. The court’s liberal justices probed the administration’s justifications for ending the program, expressing skepticism about its rationales for doing so. But other justices, including President Trump’s two appointees, indicated that they would not second-guess the administration’s reasoning and, in any event, considered its explanations sufficient…Justice Neil M. Gorsuch said he saw little point in requiring the administration to come forward with better or more elaborate reasons. ‘What good would another five years of litigation over the adequacy of that explanation serve?’ he asked. Still, the justices agreed that the young people who signed up for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, were sympathetic and that they and their families, schools and employers had relied on it in good faith.” 

Adam Liptak, “Supreme Court Appears Ready to Let Trump End DACA Program,” The New York Times online, November 12, 2019

30,364. 11/8/2019

DREAMERS/SUPREME COURT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “When Maricruz Abarca learned three years ago that she had been given the legal right under a U.S. government program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals to work in the United States and avoid deportation, she started to cry. After years of living illegally in the shadows after moving to the United States from Mexico at age 15 to join relatives in New Jersey, she finally could make concrete plans for the future…Abarca is one of roughly 660,000 people, dubbed ‘Dreamers,’ covered by DACA, which was created to protect immigrants who entered the United States illegally or overstayed a visa as children. DACA was implemented in 2012 by Democratic President Barack Obama. Republican President Donald Trump in 2017 moved to rescind the program, though he was blocked by various court rulings…But Abarca’s status – along with all the others protected by DACA – is under threat.”

Lawrence Hurley, “Forsaken by Trump, immigrant ‘Dreamers’ seek U.S. Supreme Court reprieve,” Reuters, November 8, 2019 3:24 am

29,608. 10/18/2019

CONSUMER PROTECTION/ELIZABETH WARREN/SUPREME COURT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Supreme Court announced on Friday [10-18-19] that it would hear a challenge to the leadership structure of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, agreeing to decide whether the president is free to fire its director without cause. The bureau, the brainchild of Elizabeth Warren, then a law professor at Harvard and now a senator and presidential candidate, was created as part of the Dodd-Frank Act, which was passed in 2010 after the financial crisis. In an effort to protect the bureau’s independence, the statute said the president could remove its director only for cause, defined as ‘inefficiency, neglect of duty or malfeasance.’ That limit on presidential power has been repeatedly challenged in court by businesses that say it violates the separation of powers. The Trump administration agrees with the challengers. The bureau once took the opposite position, but it changed its stance in September, agreeing that its director could be fired at will.”

Adam Liptak, “Supreme Court to Rule on Trump’s Power to Fire Head of Consumer Bureau,” The New York Times online, October 18, 2019

28,331. 9/11/2019

BORDER/SUPREME COURT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “BIG United States Supreme Court WIN for the Border on Asylum!

Donald Trump,, September 11, 2019 5:47 pm

28,191. 9/7/2019

COURTS/GOP/SUPREME COURT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “I want to congratulate @senatemajldr Mitch McConnell and all Republicans. Today I signed the 160th Federal Judge to the Bench. Within a short period of time we will be at over 200 Federal Judges, including many in the Appellate Courts & two great new U.S. Supreme Court Justices!”

Donald Trump,, September 7, 2019 5:52 am

28,165. 9/6/2019

DREAMERS/OBAMA/SUPREME COURT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “DACA will be going before the Supreme Court. It is a document that even President Obama didn’t feel he had the legal right to sign – he signed it anyway! Rest assured that if the SC does what all say it must, based on the law, a bipartisan deal will be made to the benefit of all!” 

Donald Trump,, September 6, 2019 7:20 am

28,163. 9/6/2019

DREAMERS/OBAMA/SUPREME COURT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “….have the discretion to end the program that President Obama began in his discretion. That program was unlawful to begin with. I think it’s very unlikely that the SCOTUS is going to issue an order reinstating what it believes is an unlawful program. DACA Is unlawful.’ …..” 

Donald Trump,, September 6, 2019 7:08 am

28,162. 9/6/2019

DREAMERS/IMMIGRATION/SUPREME COURT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Immigration Law Institute’s Christopher Hajec says, ‘The Supreme Court has to look st whether DACA is lawful. What they are looking at now is whether Trump’s recision of DACA is lawful. Must consider lawfulness of DACA itself. Looks very odd that President Trump doesn’t…..” 

Donald Trump,, September 6, 2019 7:08 am

28,048. 9/1/2019

COURTS/SUPREME COURT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “…..this (Judge Thomas Ambro, Majotity Opinion), and thank God for a President like Donald J. Trump, who will appoint judges like this. He will soon have appointed 180 new Federal Judges, not even including two great new Supreme Court Justices.’ @robertjeffress @LouDobbs” 

Donald Trump,, September 1, 2019 7:53 pm

28,021. 9/1/2019

JAMES COMEY/SUPREME COURT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “….reports are coming. Comey very vulnerable. But where is the Supreme Court. Where is Justice Roberts? If you lie to a court, you should be held in contempt. So, if you abused the FISA, you must be held accountable. I hope Justice Roberts will take action.’ Jason Chaffetz, Fox”

Donald Trump,, September 1, 2019 7:58 am

27,957. 8/31/2019

SUPREME COURT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “RT @SenatorEnzi: The Supreme Court should rule in cases only as the law dictates, without regard to the identity of the parties or politics…”

Donald Trump,, August 31, 2019 6:51 am

27,848. 8/26/2019

DHS/IMMIGRATION/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/SUPREME COURT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration asked the Supreme Court to allow a rule limiting asylum claims to go into effect nationwide while a lower court ruling blocking it is appealed. A federal judge had blocked the Trump administration rule, which dramatically limits the ability of Central American migrants to claim asylum if they enter the US by land through Mexico, nationwide. Earlier this month, the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals dialed back the nationwide injunction, saying that it can only apply to migrants claiming asylum in California and Arizona, states that fall under the Ninth Circuit’s jurisdiction. In its filing Monday [8-26-19], the administration laid out its case for the rule, arguing that, among other things, it ‘alleviates a crushing burden on the US asylum system’ and deters migrants from coming to the US…The Trump administration has rolled out a slew of policies in recent weeks to try to curb migration to the United States amid high border apprehension numbers.”

Priscilla Alvarez, “Trump lawyers ask Supreme Court to allow rule limiting asylum claims to go into effect nationwide,” CNN Politics,, August 26, 2019 6:04 pm

27,434. 8/14/2019

LABOR/LGBTQ/RELIGION/SUPREME COURT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration opened the door Wednesday [8-14-19] to permitting government contractors to discriminate against LGBT employees with a proposed rule that frames the issue as protecting companies’ religious beliefs. The Labor Department proposal follows a string of Supreme Court decisions that protected business owners’ rights to refuse service to gay customers in some circumstances and to opt out of coverage for employees’ birth control, and that expanded churches’ ability to qualify for government funding. In October the high court will hear arguments about whether discrimination against LGBT employees violates Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The Trump Justice Department, reversing its previous stance under President Barack Obama, will argue that it does not. Wednesday’s proposed rule for the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs will clarify that government contractors may make employment decisions that align with their religious beliefs.”

Ian Kullgren, “Trump rule to protect contractors who discriminate against LGBT workers,” Politico, August 14, 2019 12:52 pm

26,964. 7/27/2019

MILITARY/SUPREME COURT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WALL: “Such a big victory of our Country! ‘Supreme Court approves Trump Administration plan to use Military Funds for the Wall.’ @FoxNews We will be fully reimbursed for this expenditure, over time, by other countries.”

Donald Trump,, July 27, 2019 3:51 pm