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SCOTUS Deep Dive: The Trump Financial Subpoena Cases (PODCAST)

March 16, 2020, 8:51 AM

Investigations into President Donald Trump will be front and center at the U.S. Supreme Court on March 31, when the justices are scheduled to hear arguments over whether congressional committees and Manhattan prosecutors can get their hands on the president’s financial records—including his tax returns.

The much-anticipated dispute comes to the high court as coronavirus concerns sweep the nation, prompting uncertainty over how the notoriously old-fashioned institution—which doesn’t livestream arguments and has multiple members in their 80s—will handle the proceedings.

On March 12, the court closed to the public until further notice “out of concern for the health and safety of the public and Supreme Court employees.”

However, the building “will remain open for official business,” the court added. It’s unclear at this point whether health concerns will affect arguments scheduled for the two-week session starting March 23.

For now, the court’s official business includes oral arguments in multiple cases—Trump v. Mazars, Trump v. Deutsche Bank, and Trump v. Vance—stemming from several Trump-related subpoenas.

To break down the historic, politically-charged issue, “Cases and Controversies” hosts Kimberly Robinson and Jordan Rubin are joined by Supreme Court litigators who filed amicus briefs in these cases: Virginia Solicitor General Toby Heytens and Weil, Gotshal & Manges partner Zack Tripp.

Hosts: Kimberly Robinson and Jordan Rubin

Guests: Toby Heytens, Zack Tripp

Producer: David Schultz

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