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Actually, the Supreme Court Just Gave Congress a Big Win

Posted On: Jul 11, 2020   |   Posted By: Politico

Actually, the Supreme Court Just Gave Congress a Big Win

In the immediate aftermath of Thursday's Supreme Court rulings on who has the right to access the president's financial records, numerous commentators cast the decisions as a “split” that gave prosecutors a clear win but thwarted Congress's ability to obtain Trump's financial records. But while Trump might have won a short-term political battle by effectively managing to keep his records hidden until after the November election, there should be no confusion about who won on Thursday.
The 7-2 majority rejected Trump's claim of absolute immunity for himself, his businesses and his children from state grand jury subpoenas and subpoenas from three congressional committees. Yes, the court did not give Congress the immediate and largely unconditional win that it handed prosecutors in New York. But that scorecard misses the bigger picture. Indeed, in some respects, Congress emerged with more clarity about its oversight powers, and how to enforce them, than it had before the Supreme Court weighed in.
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