The Supreme Court will rule whether it was acceptable for Democratic lawmakers to sue to obtain documents related to the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., the Conservative Brief reported. Congress used a federal law in an attempt to get then-President Donald Trump's business records.
The case was brought by President Joe Biden's administration in the hopes of overturning a lower court's ruling stating the lawmakers had legal standing. While the original issue at hand is moot, the question of how lawmakers can investigate is still on the table.
Since the original ruling, Trump and many of the lawmakers involved have left office while others have died. However, the high court agreed Monday to hear the case to set a precedent once and for all, The Hill reported.
Democrats used the "Seven Member Rule," which is a federal law that allows a coalition of any five members of the Senate Homeland Security Committee or any seven of the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability to request certain privileged information. The lawmakers invoked this rule when the Trump administration rebuffed a request for documents.
The justices will be ruling on whether it is appropriate for lawmakers to use every means at their disposal to investigate a president. If it's allowed, future lawsuits from individual lawmakers could flood the court.
With this new challenge, Biden's Department of Justice is attempting to stop any future minority party from wielding so much power. "That decision conflicts with this Court’s precedents and contradicts historical practice stretching to the beginning of the Republic," the DOJ said of the lower court's ruling.
"The decision also resolves exceptionally important questions of constitutional law and threatens serious harm to all three branches of the federal government. This Court should grant certiorari and reverse," the request from the Justice Department stated.
The Democratic lawmakers' side of the argument is that the law should still stand. "This case is a legal unicorn," attorneys for the original lawmakers wrote.
"There is no conflict among the circuits over standing under Section 2954," it further stated. "Indeed, only three times over the course of nearly a century have Members sued to enforce Section 2954, and neither of the earlier cases resulted in an appellate ruling on standing (or anything else)," the lawmakers' attorneys added.
In 2017, Democratic lawmakers requested financial records related to the hotel that Trump had leased and turned into a posh Washington, D.C., hotel. The building is owned by the federal government, but lawmakers claimed that Trump misrepresented his financial situation to win the General Services Administration bid.
They've also claimed that because of its location as a destination for the rich and powerful from all over the world, there was a conflict of interest during his presidency. Trump's company sold off the business in May 2022, however.
While this case has been pending since before Biden took office, the fact that it is reaching the Supreme Court during his administration is more than a coincidence. Republicans are investigating Biden because of many scandals while the Department of Justice seems to be willfully ignoring it all, Fox Business News reported.
Rep. James Comer (R-KY), Oversight Committee member and Foreign Affairs Committee member, is currently involved in a probe examining a money laundering and bribery scheme. The DOJ has gone so far with its stonewalling that it is wholly uninterested in the fact that one of the informants in the case has simply vanished.
Trump was the victim of several witchhunts perpetrated by Democrats from his first day campaigning. It's refreshing to see the party turn over a new leaf in what they'll allow, but it's like a move only for self-preservation.