US Supreme Court to Hear Dispute Over Trump Documents

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    The Facts

    • The US Supreme Court has decided to take up a case concerning whether Democratic Party lawmakers should be allowed to sue to obtain documents surrounding the former Washington, D.C., hotel owned by former Pres. Trump.

    • Democrats on the House Oversight Committee first launched their legal bid against the then-executive branch to retrieve the records in 2017, having been denied access to information about the Trump International Hotel by the former president.

    The Spin

    Pro-Trump narrative

    While the case will be heard in the fall, the 95-year-old law used by House Democrats lacks any real legal precedent and has not led to any previously significant rulings. The decision will be important to clarify how such a law should be used in the future when a compromise between the legislative and the executive branches fails to occur.

    Democratic narrative

    Since Trump’s hotel turned into the Waldorf, visits — and spending — by prominent Republican political figures have all but dried up. It is certainly clear that whatever Trump’s intentions were, in reality, what the hotel was used for was more than simply a night’s stay and cocktails, but rather influence.

    Nerd narrative

    There is a 25% chance that Trump will be jailed or incarcerated before 2030, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

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