On Tuesday, President Trump lost yet another court battle, this one centering around his bank records from Capital One and Deutsche Bank.
We expected the decision to go against Trump and for the case to wind up before the Supreme Court.
What we did not expect, however, was for the appeals court to openly admit the corrupt reason behind the subpoenas in the first place.
The House Intelligence and Financial Services Committees have been after Trump’s bank statements from almost the very first day Trump took office.
When the initial subpoena was issued, the committees stated they needed to see Trump’s bank records to see if they needed to create legislation.
They were using the cover that with Trump’s business background, possible corruption could be in place, something they would be able to see if they could audit his bank records.
The real reason they wanted his records, though, was so they could try to embarrass Trump.
Democrats want to be able to say Trump is not as rich as he claims to be or that he did not donate enough to charity, etc.
In order to get dirt, any type of dirt they could use, they not only went after Trump’s bank records, but Democrats went after every business record and the bank records of every family member.
This was excessive, to say the least, which is why Trump took it to court.
The first part of the judgment that should bother every American stated, “The Committees’ interests in pursuing their constitutional legislative function is a far more significant public interest than whatever public interest inheres in avoiding the risk of a Chief Executive’s distraction arising from disclosure of documents reflecting his private financial transactions.”
Translation: Your privacy means nothing and when Congress wants something, we will give it to them.
Another piece of the ruling openly admits the same purpose I stated above…
“We do not doubt that some members of the Committees, even as they pursued investigations for valid legislative purposes, hoped that the results of their inquiries would embarrass the President.
“But as long as the valid legislative purposes that the Committees have identified are being pursued and are not artificial pretexts for ill-motivated maneuvers, the Committees have not exceeded their constitutional authority.”
The second part of that opinion was shredded in the dissenting opinion, which you can read in full (click here).
Judge Livingston, in her partial dissent, points out Democrats have not shown the legitimate need for legislation to this point, so there should not be any urgency to see Trump’s bank records, as Democrats claim in their lawsuit.
There is not a shred of evidence Trump took money from the Russians or members of any other government that would lead us to believe he is under someone’s thumb.
If they had that evidence, by all means, get his records, but they don’t, so, the initial decision should have been overturned.
The Trump administration has already stated it will take this to the Supreme Court.
Jay Sekulow, Donald Trump’s personal attorney, stated, “We believe the subpoena is invalid as issued. In light of the Second Circuit decision, we are evaluating our next options including seeking review at the Supreme Court of the United States.”
Based on the dissenting opinion, if the Supreme Court takes the case, it is a virtual certainty that at least five of the Justices will rule in Trump’s favor.
For now, though, it is quite obvious that along with our political system, the judiciary is also badly broken because political ideology and hatred of Trump have now saturated our legal system.