The Supreme Court issued rulings in two cases related to President Trump's financial records this morning.
If you're just tuning in now, here's what you need to know about the rulings:
- The case about House subpoenas: The Supreme Court blocked House Democrats from accessing Trump's financial records for now, sending the case back down to the lower court for further review.
- The case about the New York subpoena: Justices ruled that the President is not immune from a subpoena for his financial documents from a New York prosecutor. This case was also sent to a lower court for further review.
- What this means for Trump's financial records: Since the cases will be handled at lower courts, it all but ensures that Trump's financial documents — which he has long sought to protect — will not be handed over before the November presidential election.
- How Trump is reacting: Trump sent multiple tweets after the rulings were released. He claimed the court gave him a "delayed ruling" that they "never would have given" to another president. Later on in the day, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany called the ruling “a win” for Trump. She said that in his tweets, Trump “was making a general point about deference on the principal of absolute immunity." She added that the President believes "there should have been more deference there.” Remember: In both cases, both of Trump's appointees — Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh — joined the liberal justices and Chief Justice John Roberts on the 7-2 majorities.
- What House Democrats are saying: California Rep. Adam Schiff said the decision over House subpoenas will “only serve to delay” the committee’s probe, and called a delay “dangerous." Asked if she was disappointed Democrats won’t see the documents before November, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said what was at stake was whether the President is above the law. If the court had ruled in that direction, she said, “that would have just been devastating, to tell you the honest truth.” Pelosi added, “The victory is for the Constitution of the United States. The process will take longer, but that’s not what was truly important here."