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Politics Supreme Court to Confer on Trump Tax Appeal: Impeachment Update

23:05  26 november  2019
23:05  26 november  2019 Source:   bloomberg.com

‘The president gave us no choice’: Pelosi resisted Trump’s impeachment, now she’s the public face

  ‘The president gave us no choice’: Pelosi resisted Trump’s impeachment, now she’s the public face The speaker was skeptical of impeachment for months, considering it a political liability and preferring to focus on pocketbook issues. That changed with Trump’s phone call to Ukraine.Don’t expect these hearings to trigger a massive shift in public support toward ousting President Trump, Pelosi (D-Calif.) told her colleagues the night before the hearing, according to Democrats familiar with her warning who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the encounter frankly.

On the same day that a Democratic-led US House committee voted for articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump , the Supreme Court made its own momentous decision to intervene in Trump 's effort to keep his tax returns and other financial records secret.

The impeachment of President Donald Trump is center stage, but when the last vote in the Senate trial is cast, it won't mark an end to the investigations looming over the President and his company, the Trump Organization.

(Bloomberg) -- The House Intelligence Committee as well as other House committees are continuing to seek documents and other records from the administration in the impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump.

The Supreme Court Building is the seat of the Supreme Court of the United States. Washington     (Photo by JOKER / Hady Khandani/ullstein bild via Getty Images)© Getty Images The Supreme Court Building is the seat of the Supreme Court of the United States. Washington (Photo by JOKER / Hady Khandani/ullstein bild via Getty Images)

Here are the latest developments:

Supreme Court to Confer on Trump Tax Appeal (3:25 p.m.)

The Supreme Court indicated Tuesday it will use its Dec. 13 private conference to consider taking up Trump’s bid to block a New York grand jury subpoena for his tax returns. The court could say as early as that day whether it will hear Trump’s appeal.

Impeachment investigators will present evidence at Judiciary hearing next week

  Impeachment investigators will present evidence at Judiciary hearing next week The Judiciary Committee made the announcement soon after Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Democrats would draft articles of impeachment.The Judiciary Committee’s announcement of its next hearing comes after Speaker Nancy Pelosi directed the panel and other investigators to proceed with drafting articles of impeachment, a historic milestone that suggests the House could impeach Trump before the end of the year.

But the Supreme Court on Thursday said that Trump has no such immunity from grand jury subpoenas The Supreme Court ordered lower courts to more carefully consider concerns about the separation of powers in deciding whether several House committees can get the requested documents.

The Supreme Court arguments on Tuesday, held over telephone and broadcast live, over subpoenas of President Donald Trump 's financial records were indeed historic, leading the justices and lawyers to Takeaways from the historic Supreme Court arguments over Trump 's finance and tax records.

The case is one of two fights that are testing the court’s willingness to shield the president from investigations into his personal and business affairs.

Trump is separately fighting a subpoena for his financial records by a House committee. Trump’s appeal is due to be filed by Dec. 5, and the court could put that case on the same schedule.

The House case doesn’t directly stem from the impeachment inquiry, though Democrats could use any information they uncover to try to bolster their case for removing the president.

House Judiciary Plans Dec. 4 Public Hearing (2 p.m.)

The House Judiciary Committee will hold its first public hearing on impeaching Trump on Dec. 4 as the House moves into the next step of the proceedings, according to Chairman Jerrold Nadler.

How much did Mike Pence know about pressure on Ukraine? Testimony suggests effort to flag concerns

  How much did Mike Pence know about pressure on Ukraine? Testimony suggests effort to flag concerns When Mike Pence and Volodymyr Zelensky met in a windowless conference room, the stalled aid was the first issue the Ukraine president raised.Nearly $400 million in U.S. military assistance that Ukraine was desperate for as a counter to Russian aggression had been on hold for weeks.

The Supreme Court unanimously ruled against Judge Nixon. Chief Justice Rehnquist said the matter was a “political question,” meaning that it was for the Senate There were particularly good reasons for the Supreme Court to stay out of the impeachment process, Chief Justice Rehnquist wrote, “if the

The Trump administration appealed the decision to the Supreme Court , and at the time, the President predicted success: "We want to be in the Supreme Court on DACA," he said. Trump has used the lower court rulings to argue against a push for comprehensive immigration revisions, suggesting that

The hearing aims to explain high crimes and misdemeanors, the constitutional grounds for impeachment, and how the evidence collected by numerous House committees applies.

Nadler sent Trump a letter notifying him of the hearing and giving him until Dec. 1 to say whether he or his attorney plan to participate. Officials who briefed reporters said that no final decision has been made on whether to push for testimony from witnesses who have so far refused to appear.

The officials declined to discuss the schedule or timeline for committee actions beyond Wednesday’s scheduled hearing. That includes when the Judiciary Committee expects to wrap up its work and possibly send articles of impeachment to the House floor for a vote.

Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff said Monday in a memo to House colleagues that his committee expects to transmit a report on its impeachment investigation of Trump to the Judiciary Committee soon after this week’s Thanksgiving recess. -- Billy House

Trump threatens to have Schiff, Bidens, Pelosi testify in Senate trial as he dares House to impeach

  Trump threatens to have Schiff, Bidens, Pelosi testify in Senate trial as he dares House to impeach President Trump on Thursday challenged House Democrats to impeach him “fast."“The Do Nothing Democrats had a historically bad day yesterday in the House. They have no Impeachment case and are demeaning our Country. But nothing matters to them, they have gone crazy,” Trump tweeted early Thursday, just before Pelosi announced that she wants the Judiciary Committee to proceed with articles of impeachment.

The Supreme Court has granted President Trump 's request for an emergency stay of a federal court order that his accounting firm comply with a House investigators with the Oversight and Government Reform Committee requested Trump 's records from the firm, Mazars USA, earlier this year but the

The appeals court ’s ruling was narrow and modest, hewing closely to the circumstances of the dispute before it. The Supreme Court is dominated by five Republican appointees, two of them named by Mr. Trump . The Nixon case led to his resignation in the face of mounting calls for his impeachment .

Democrats Detail Ukraine Aid Violations (12:35 p.m.)

House Budget Committee Democrats said the Trump administration abused its own rules in withholding U.S. security aid to Ukraine and may have violated a law on spending money appropriated by Congress.

“It is clear that the apportionment process has been misused to withhold congressionally enacted appropriations, undermining Congress’s constitutional power of the purse and raising serious legal concerns about impounding funds in violation of the Impoundment Control Act of 1974,” according to a summary of documents turned over by the Office of Management and Budget that was provided by the committee.

As part of the House impeachment inquiry, Democrats are investigating whether President Donald Trump held up the $391 million in aid in order to pressure Ukraine to announce it would investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, a potential challenger to the president in 2020.

The OMB said in a statement that it will continue to spend tax dollars consistent with the president’s priorities and the law. It characterized the Democrats summary as “spin.”

'Unsavory,' not impeachable: Democratic lawmaker explains why he opposes removing Trump

  'Unsavory,' not impeachable: Democratic lawmaker explains why he opposes removing Trump New Jersey Democrat Jeff Van Drew, who knows Donald Trump, said voters, not lawmakers, should decide next year whether to remove the president.It's from 2008, when Van Drew was a state senator and the future president visited Atlantic City to christen the Chairman Tower at the Trump Taj Mahal. Both are wearing business suits, red ties and smiles.

The US Supreme Court now stands at the precipice of a constitutional clash that could determine whether Donald Trump or any future President may The looming separation-of-powers questions tied to Trump 's finances began before the House of Representatives initiated the impeachment inquiry

Supreme Court debates Trump 's ability to keep financial information and taxes secret. Democrats say they need the documents regardless of the fact the impeachment trial of the President earlier Trump 's personal lawyers and the Justice Department want the justices to reverse lower courts that

The White House budget office provided some of documents connected to the Ukraine aid that had been sought by the House panel. Democrats allege the process was violated by having political appointee Michael Duffey take over the oversight of the funding and by using an “apportionment” to slow down foreign aid without proper justification.

Under the 1974 Impoundment Control Act the executive branch is legally obligated to spend the money that Congress approves and which the president signs into law. -- Erik Wasson

Trump Says He’s ‘Fighting’ for Successors (10:53 a.m.)

Trump said in a series of tweets on Tuesday that he’d like top officials in his administration to testify in the impeachment inquiry but that he’s “fighting for future presidents and the Office of the President.”

His tweets followed news that the Department of Justice sought a stay of a judge’s order that former White House counsel Don McGahn must testify to Congress. Trump said he would “love” for his secretary of State, former secretary of Energy, acting chief of staff and former national security adviser to testify, indicating he believes they would help to exonerate him. -- Kathleen Miller

Polls Show Nearly Half Want Trump Removed (8:43 a.m.)

Two new polls registered little change among the nearly half of Americans who believe Trump should be impeached and removed from office since Congress held public hearings this month.

Impeachment hearings live updates: Spotlight shifts to the House Judiciary Committee

  Impeachment hearings live updates: Spotlight shifts to the House Judiciary Committee A 41-member panel with a history of partisan brawls is preparing to hear from four constitutional experts on the historical underpinnings of impeachment in what could be a chaotic hearing.A new phase of the Democratic-led impeachment inquiry begins Wednesday, as the House Judiciary Committee — a panel prone to theatrics and partisan brawls — plans to hear from four constitutional scholars about the historical underpinnings of the process.

A CNN poll released Tuesday found that 50% support for impeaching Trump and removing him from office, with 43% opposed. That’s the same split as an earlier CNN poll conducted before the five days of public impeachment inquiry hearings kicked off on Nov. 13.

But, in potentially troublesome news for Trump, the poll showed the share of Republicans saying Trump has improperly used his office to gain political advantage has doubled.

The phone survey of 1,007 adults conducted between Nov. 21 and 24 has a margin of error of plus-or- minus 3.7 percentage points.

A Politico/Morning Consult poll had similar findings, with 48% of 1,988 voters surveyed between Nov. 22 and 24 saying they strongly or somewhat supported the impeachment probe, the exact same result as a poll done a week earlier.

That poll, which had a margin of error of plus-or-minus 2 points, had 43% saying they were strongly or somewhat opposed to the impeachment inquiry, compared to 45% a week earlier.

The two poll results undercut retweets from Trump early Wednesday asserting that impeachment is harming Democrats. -- Kathleen Miller

Catch Up on Impeachment Coverage

Democrats Leave Trump in Suspense on Where Impeachment Goes Next

Diplomats Detail Pressure on Ukraine to Investigate Biden Family

Defense Official Says Ukraine Was Aware of Aid Hold in July

Envoy Undercuts GOP Defense of Trump as Hands-Off on Ukraine

Trump Debuts Aggressive Impeachment Response With New Hires

Key Events

Witnesses Fiona Hill and David Holmes testified Thursday that Ukrainian officials understood that they would only get a White House meeting and security aid in exchange for investigations into Joe Biden’s family.Gordon Sondland’s transcript is here and here; Kurt Volker’s transcript is here and here. Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch’s transcript is here and here; the transcript of Michael McKinley, former senior adviser to the secretary of State, is here. The transcript of Holmes, a Foreign Service officer in Kyiv, is here.The transcript of William Taylor, the top U.S. envoy to Ukraine, is here and here. State Department official George Kent’s testimony is here and here. Testimony by Alexander Vindman can be found here, and the Hill transcript is here. Laura Cooper’s transcript is here; Christopher Anderson’s is here and Catherine Croft’s is here. Jennifer Williams’ transcript is here and Timothy Morrison’s is here.

--With assistance from Kathleen Miller, Jack Fitzpatrick, Erik Wasson and Billy House.

To contact the reporter on this story: Greg Stohr in Washington at gstohr@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Joe Sobczyk at jsobczyk@bloomberg.net, Elizabeth Wasserman, Laurie Asséo

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Trump’s impeachment participation strategy: Insult, sit out, wait .
Team Trump is refusing to engage unless certain demands are met, opting instead to blast Democrats from the outside and wait for a friendlier Senate landscape. Trump’s legal and political aides argue that participating in the hearings — as the Judiciary Committee has invited the White House to do — would only legitimize the process, even as it leaves the door open to negotiating with Democrats. And it’s a tactic, they say, that is protecting future presidents from congressional overreach.

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