The Supreme Court has so far failed to act on an emergency filings related to a grand jury's subpoena of former President Donald Trump’s tax returns — effectively thwarting the case of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance.
But the matter could come to a head next month, CNN reported Thursday.
According to the news outlet, Trump's legal team is preparing to submit a petition to the justices by early March, based on a standard deadline for appeals, asking them to hear the merits of Trump's claim in oral arguments.
CNN’s legal analyst Joan Biskupic wrote that there are many possible scenarios involving internal debate over Trump v. Vance on the high court.
“[Chief Justice John] Roberts may believe that airing differences privately over many months represents the best option, although it leaves the parties and public to wait and wonder,” Biskupic wrote.
If Trump's lawyers still have no word by the first week in March, they would submit a petition asking that the merits of the case be put to oral arguments, Biskupic reported.
The Manhattan prosecutor’s probe originally appeared to have been focused on whether The Trump Organization properly accounted on its financial books hush money payments made to two women who said they had sex with Trump, who has denied the allegations.
But former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen's cooperation since 2018, court records and news reports suggest the scope of the investigation has grown since then.
Vance’s persistence in seeking Trump’s tax returns — which the former president has refused to voluntarily make public for years — could be a sign of how strong the prosecutor believes his case to be, CNBC reported.
But according to Biskupic, the path the Supreme Court justices has taken is baffling.
“Long known for its secretive ways, the court has added a new dimension of mystery with Trump v. Vance,” she wrote. “All that's evident is the justices have diverged from long-standing practice and hindered the investigation of a former president."
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