Executive Branch Lawfare News

Justice Department Claims Subpoenas for Trump’s Tax Returns are Unconstitutional

Hadley Baker
Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 12:50 PM

Published by The Lawfare Institute
in Cooperation With

The Justice Department argued in an amicus brief before the Supreme Court that four subpoenas by congressional committees for President Trump’s financial records are unconstitutional, on the grounds that the committees did not make a “heightened showing, both of a legitimate legislative purpose for the subpoenas and of the need for the information sought.” The filing also accuses the committees of using their investigatory powers to harass the president and distract him from his constitutional duties. The Supreme Court is scheduled to hold oral arguments in the cases concerning the president’s financial records on March 31. The brief can be read here and below.

Hadley Baker was an Assistant Editor of Lawfare. She is a recent graduate from the University of St Andrews, studying English literature and Spanish. She was previously an intern at Lawfare.

Subscribe to Lawfare