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 June 28, 2023

Lawsuit over Trump's hotel records dismissed by Supreme Court

A closely-watched case involving Democrats' ability to sue former President Donald Trump for records related to the Washington D.C. hotel he owned during his presidency was just stamped out by the U.S. Supreme Court.

According to The Hill, the high court tossed the case at the request of both sides, the Department of Justice and congressional Democrats.

The outlet noted:

After the high court last month agreed to hear the Biden Justice Department’s appeal in the case, Democrats dismissed the dispute in a lower court. Both sides then wrote to the justices agreeing that the Supreme Court should toss it as moot.

"Three weeks after the Court granted review, respondents filed a notice of voluntary dismissal in district court,” the DOJ wrote to the justices. "Although that notice does not of its own force terminate proceedings in this Court, respondents’ abandonment of their claims does render this case moot."

Members of Congress ultimately obtained the hotel records through other means, according to the report.

The original lawsuit, filed by members of Congress either now out of office or deceased, sought to obtain records from the luxury hotel Trump operated, which was previously the Old Post Office Pavilion. They expressed concerns over the bidding process and "conflicts of interest" when he won the presidency.

The building was leased to Trump by the General Services Administration (GSA). Democrats later used a special procedure to obtain the records from the government agency, but it ultimately still refused to turn them over.

Trump and his organization have denied any wrongdoing.

Earlier this week, the high court dismissed the case, with Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson being the only justice to dissent, arguing that she would have used a different procedure to dismiss the case. 

At the time, Democrats urged the Supreme Court the toss the case.

"Here, respondents do not appear to have formally withdrawn their Section 2954 request or explicitly renounced any attempt to seek the disputed documents in the future," Democrats wrote. "But under the circumstances, their notice in the district court and letter to this Court should be regarded as a definitive abandonment of their claims."

"That's great!!!!!!!!! Save the tax payers some money, allow the voters to concentrate on import a nd matters like impeaching these people who should be impeached!" one Twitter user wrote.

Other social media users criticized the high court, calling it "corrupt" and suggesting it favors the former president.

Written By:
Ryan Ledendecker

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