The week is off to a good start for President Donald Trump who suffered political and personal setbacks last week. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday blocked a NY Lower court order for Trump to release his tax returns to House Democrats in Congress.
Chief Justice John Roberts delayed the release of the tax returns while the Supreme Court considers Trump’s appeal. The temporary stay will block the release of Trump’s tax returns indefinitely.
The Supreme Court is also considering a separate pending request from Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, who wants to review Trump’s tax returns over allegations that business records were falsified as part of a hush money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels.
A lower court in New York had ordered Trump’s longtime accounting firm to turn over the president’s financial records to the House Democrats who are in the process of impeaching the president.
Democrats have until Thursday, Nov. 21, to file a response to Chief Justice Roberts’ order.
Trump suffered a political defeat after his candidate for governor of Louisiana lost to sitting Governor John Bel Edwards in a state that Trump carried by nearly 20 percentage points in 2016.
Trump had visited the state three times to stump for his candidate, including 48 hours before the gubernatorial election.
Twitter users taunted Trump for tweeting – and deleting – “Louisiana, 3 hours left, get out and vote for @EddieRispone for Governor. Lower taxes and much more!”
In another setback last week, Trump’s friend and former advisor Roger Stone was found guilty on seven charges of lying to Congress, obstruction of Congress, and witness tampering. Stone faces a maximum of 50 years in a federal prison.