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