Supreme Court To Take Up Trump DC Hotel Case

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The Supreme Court has decided to hear a case on whether Democratic lawmakers should have the right to file a lawsuit in order to collect information on the former hotel owned by former President Trump in Washington, D.C.

already many of the members who originally brought the complaint have already left Congress or passed away, and Democrats were able to obtain the majority of the requested records in other ways, the hotel documents have largely lost importance in the issue.

However, the case will have a more significant effect on how the minority party in Congress can evaluate a presidential administration.

According to The Hill, “The hotel documents have largely fallen out of focus in the dispute, as several lawmakers who filed the lawsuit have since left Congress or died, and Democrats obtained many of the requested materials through other means. But the case will more broadly impact how the minority party in Congress can scrutinize a presidential administration.”

“Democrats, in seeking the documents, leveraged a federal law known as the ‘Seven Member Rule.’ It allows any seven members of the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability or any five members of the Senate Homeland Security Committee to ask for information within their purview from executive agencies. After a Trump-era agency declined to turn over the documents under the rule, Democrats sued to enforce their demand. In a brief, unsigned order on Monday, the Supreme Court agreed to consider whether the lawmakers have legal standing to move ahead in their case,” the outlet added.

A decision is likely to be rendered in 2024 because the matter will be considered during the court’s upcoming yearly term.

Democratic lawmakers’ attorneys pleaded with the court to uphold the earlier decision.

“This case is a legal unicorn,” the legislators stated in court documents. “There is no conflict among the circuits over standing under Section 2954. Indeed, only three times over the course of nearly a century have Members sued to enforce Section 2954, and neither of the earlier cases resulted in an appellate ruling on standing (or anything else).”

Trump made news over the weekend as fresh reports about a potential running mate for 2024 circulated.

Trump actually mentions three candidates for the position of vice president in 2024, claiming that his choice will “stun the world”: Georgia Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Republican Kari Lake of Arizona, and Republican Gov. Kristi Noem of South Dakota.

According to the report, Lake, “certainly looked ascendant last fall when she was competing for Arizona’s governorship. She enjoyed Trump’s endorsement, and she enjoyed favorable coverage in conservative media. It’s not hard to understand why. Lake is a unique creature, spewing the hard right rhetoric that MAGA Nation finds so endearing while doing so with the glitz and polish of a seasoned TV reporter. She was delivering Trump’s message – but she was doing so without the spray tan and the guttural accent and the lack of eloquence. Rather, Lake delivered Trump’s message all pretty-like.”

Regarding Marjorie Taylor Greene, the report stated: “Trump loves her and she loves Trump. And impressively, MTG seems to be pivoting into a position of more mainstream acceptance with the GOP (as demonstrated through her support of Kevin McCarthy for speaker). The version of MTG that can appeal to both MAGA and the mainstream is a concerning premise, and someone that Trump has his eye on as a prospective running mate with appeal in the newly-in-play Georgia.”

And on Noem, the report speculates: “The governor of South Dakota is apparently on Trump’s shortlist. Noem said she would be shocked if Trump chose her and I think she means it; she is a long-shot pick. But she’s got a few of the things Trump guns for. One, Noem has been loyal to Trump, vowing to support the former president through the 2024 campaign. And Trump values loyalty above seemingly all else.”

Trump’s campaign provided some intriguing information about his probable running mate last week.

The 45th president is likely to choose a vice presidential candidate who is “loyal,” “charismatic,” and “ideologically aligned,” according to Trump insiders who talked to the Daily Caller.

“No candidates have publicly announced their intent to be Trump’s VP, but the former president has indicated that ‘a lot of people’ are ‘auditioning’ behind the scenes. Trump insiders told the Caller that although there haven’t been any formal discussions to narrow down the pool, there are a set of characteristics that will likely be considered,” the Daily Caller reported.


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