Fair is fair!

The Supreme Court ruled today that Mr. Trump’s long hidden financial records, including his tax returns, must be turned over to the Manhattan District Attorney to be presented to the Grand Jury looking into allegations that Trump committed financial crimes. It has taken only four or five months, since lower federal courts rejected Trump’s lawyers’ idiotic, increasingly weak arguments that now private citizen Trump still has an absolute right to hide anything that might prove incriminating. Only a few short months for the Supreme Court to state the obvious, in accordance with its own opinion on the same matter issued in July. Here’s the NY Times today:

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a last-ditch attempt by former President Donald J. Trump to shield his financial records, issuing a brief, unsigned order requiring Mr. Trump’s accountants to turn over his tax and other records to prosecutors in New York.

The court’s order was a decisive defeat for Mr. Trump, who had gone to extraordinary lengths to keep his tax returns and related documents secret. There were no dissents noted.

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Compare the deliberate speed of this decision (and the going on two years non-decision on whether it is lawful for a president to instruct former subordinates — Don McGahn, John Bolton [1], et al — to defy lawful Congressional subpoenas) with the overnight overturning of the stay of execution of a psychotic federal death row inmate in the days before Trump reluctantly left office after a rigged, stolen election deprived him of his rightful second term as POTUS.

The reasons for this are clear.

In one case, we have the public’s right to know if the president is a long-time felon and the extent of his seeming corruption. A decision like that takes time, and requires extending multiple bites at the legal apple, and every available appeal, to protect Trump’s presumption of innocence. In the case of an immediate decision on state killing, we have the president’s undisputed right to expedite the execution of any condemned federal death row inmate, especially when he is about to leave office.

A several day stay of execution would have been fatal to the president’s unquestioned right to kill anyone he has the legal power to kill. Lisa Montgomery and the others he chose to kill had to die! [2] Imagine the harm to all of us if Biden had extended the stay of execution, or, God forbid, commuted the tortured, heavily medicated murderer’s death sentence to life in prison without parole!

Lisa Montgomery, dead of lethal injection hours after Supreme Court instantly vacated the stay of execution, a week before Trump left office

[1]

You remember the patriotic Bolton, the hero who joined McGahn’s federal law suit to determine whether he had to obey a congressional subpoena, and, months after Trump’s first impeachment, published his tell-all book about the many reasons Trump should have been removed from office

John R. Bolton, the former national security adviser, says in his new book that the House in its impeachment inquiry should have investigated President Trump not just for pressuring Ukraine but for a variety of instances when he sought to use trade negotiations and criminal investigations to further his political interests.

Mr. Bolton describes several episodes where the president expressed a willingness to halt criminal investigations “to, in effect, give personal favors to dictators he liked,” citing cases involving major firms in China and Turkey. “The pattern looked like obstruction of justice as a way of life, which we couldn’t accept,” Mr. Bolton writes, saying that he reported his concerns to Attorney General William P. Barr.

Mr. Bolton also adds a striking new accusation by describing how Mr. Trump overtly linked tariff talks with China to his own political fortunes by asking President Xi Jinping to buy American agricultural products to help him win farm states in this year’s election. Mr. Trump, he writes, was “pleading with Xi to ensure he’d win.” Mr. Bolton said that Mr. Trump “stressed the importance of farmers, and increased Chinese purchases of soybeans and wheat in the electoral outcome.”

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[2]

Montgomery was the 11th prisoner to be killed by lethal injection since Donald Trump resumed federal executions last July after a 17-year hiatus. The president is an ardent supporter of capital punishment.

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