US Justice Ginsburg puts temporary hold on Trump financial records dispute


President Donald Trump and three of his children asked the Supreme Court on Friday to shield records held by Deutsche Bank and Capital One from House Democrats. The decision comes after Trump's emergency request to block a lower court ruling that required him to hand over the records as part of the House Financial Services and Intelligence Committees' investigation into Trump's relationship with the bank.

The two committees are interested in reviewing Trump's tax records and other financial documents related to his businesses and specifically his dealing with Deutsche Bank over the years.

The court's order is a loss for the Trump administration, which announced last July that it would reinstate the federal death penalty after a almost two-decade lapse.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg came to the rescue of President Trump Friday and allowed his financial records to remain secret from House Democrats - for now.

The justices left in place a hold imposed by a federal judge on four executions that had been scheduled by U.S. Attorney General William Barr for this month and next month as Trump's administration embraces the death penalty at a time when increasing numbers of states have given up the practice.

The request was filed with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who oversees emergency appeals from NY.

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Singh added that, while he doesn't mind Trudeau criticizing Trump, he does mind the content of that criticism. According to one expert, the leaders' "gossiping" showed they were "fearful" of the President's "power".

They added that the president should not be prevented from contesting an "unprecedented demand for his personal papers" simply because the request was made to a third party. But ultimately, it doesn't say much about how the Court will rule.

Federal executions were all but halted after the government found it hard to obtain the three-drug cocktail needed for such injections.

According to the Justice of Department, other inmates that were scheduled to be executed prior to getting the reprieve from the Supreme Court's included Lezmond Mitchell, who fatally stabbed a 63-year-old Arizona woman and her 9-year-old granddaughter; Wesley Ira Purkey, who raped, murdered and dismembered a 16-year-old Kansas City, Missouri, girl and bludgeoned to death a 80-year-old Missouri woman; and Alfred Bourgeois who tortured, sexual molested and murdered his toddler daughter. He broke with tradition by not releasing his tax returns as a candidate in 2016 and as president.

All three cases could be put on a fast track, meaning that if the court decides to hear them, a ruling would be possible before the end of June, when its current term ends.

The court has a 5-4 conservative majority that includes two Trump appointees: Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.