Analysis: Trump Seeking To “Slow Walk” SCOTUS Cases

From a USA Today opinion column:

President Donald Trump likes to characterize himself as a counter-puncher. But on Tuesday before the Supreme Court, his lawyers seemed more interested in stalling. At issue before the court are three lawsuits filed by Trump to prevent his accounting firm and banks from complying with subpoenas seeking Trump’s financial records.

These cases cover separation of powers, immunity and other significant constitutional issues. But for Trump, who has famously said he will be “fighting all the subpoenas,” the primary goal appears to be delay.

Even if the records must ultimately be produced, if Trump can slow walk these cases until after the November election, he can claim a victory. By that point, if the content of the documents became public and contained derogatory or dangerous information, it would be too late to influence his re-election.