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Trump asks Supreme Court to temporarily block two banks from disclosing his financial records

CLOSE After a federal appeals court ruled that President Trump’s tax returns can be turned over to investigators, the matter may come before the Supreme Court. (Nov. 8) APPresident Donald Trump on Friday turned to the Supreme Court for the third time in an effort to prevent disclosure of his financial records.Trump’s personal lawyers filed an…

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After a federal appeals court ruled that President Trump’s tax returns can be turned over to investigators, the matter may come before the Supreme Court. (Nov. 8)
APPresident Donald Trump on Friday turned to the Supreme Court for the third time in an effort to prevent disclosure of his financial records.Trump’s personal lawyers filed an emergency action that asks the high court to block the impact of a lower appeals court ruling issued roughly 72 hours earlier. That ruling said he must turn over a broad range of financial records two committees in the Democratically-controlled House subpoenaed from a pair of banks that have done business with Trump.If the Supreme Court agrees to stay the decision by the New York-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Trump’s lawyers will get time to argue for a full review by the high court in the separation-of-powers legal battle between Congress and the president.Trump had to act fast. His lawyers said the appeals court issued its legal mandate before the presidential legal team could seek a rehearing. That left Supreme Court action as Trump’s last chance to seek a temporary legal block that would prevent an immediate release of his financial records.President Donald Trump (Photo: Patrick Semansky, AP)”The subpoenas targeting the President, his family, and his business dealings do not fall within the Committees’ constitutional or statutory authority, Trump attorney Patrick Strawbridge argued in Friday’s filing.”The issue at this stage is straightforward: whether the President will be allowed to petition for review of an unprecedented demand for his personal papers, or whether he will be deprived of that opportunity because the Committees issued these subpoenas to third parties with no incentive to test their validity. This choice should be easy,” the filing also contended.Unfolding against the backdrop of presidential impeachment proceedings, the case and two similar lawsuits in which Trump has sought Supreme Court help in overturning unfavorable rulings could bring the Democratic-controlled House closer to obtaining the former real estate developer and reality TV star’s financial records.Friday’s filing involves subpoenas that the House Intelligence Committee and the Financial Services Committee served on Deutsche Bank and Capital One Financial. Both institutions have done business with Trump, his family, and his family businesses.The subpoenas seek access to accounts, financial transactions, and investments involving Trump, his three oldest children and other relatives, as well as several entities of the Trump Organization.Friday’s filing followed Trump appeals to the Supreme Court in recent weeks as he similarly tried to block the House Committee on Oversight and Reform and New York City prosecutor Cyrus Vance from getting access to his tax returns and financial records. The oversight panel and Vance subpoenaed Trump’s records from Mazars USA, Trump’s longtime accounting firm.Trump’s taxes: Only Supreme Court can protect them nowVance has sought the records for a state criminal grand jury investigation into payments made to two women who claim they had affairs with Trump years before he won the White House in 2016. Trump has denied the women’s allegations.The House oversight panel seeks similar data as it weighs whether legislation is needed to curb potential presidential conflicts of interest and alleged illegal conduct.The Supreme Court has yet to decide whether to take either case for a full review of lower court rulings that went against Trump in either or both of those cases. It could make those decisions later this month or in January.Should the court take either or both of those cases, rulings could be issued by next June, amid the 2020 presidential campaign.Despite losing in the lower federal courts, Trump lawyers hope for legal victories in the nation’s highest court. Two Trump appointees, Associate Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, are now part of the Supreme Court’s five-justice conservative majority on the nine-justice high court.Read or Share this story: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/12/06/trump-asks-supreme-court-block-release-his-tax-returns/4357034002/
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Woman suspected of mailing ricin to White House arrested at U.S.-Canada border | CBC News

WorldThree U.S. law enforcement officials say a woman suspected of sending an envelope containing the poison ricin, which was addressed to White House and President Donald Trump, has been arrested at the New York-Canada border.RCMP says ‘initial information … suggests that the letter originated in Canada’The Associated Press · Posted: Sep 20, 2020 7:57 PM ET…

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WorldThree U.S. law enforcement officials say a woman suspected of sending an envelope containing the poison ricin, which was addressed to White House and President Donald Trump, has been arrested at the New York-Canada border.RCMP says ‘initial information … suggests that the letter originated in Canada’The Associated Press · Posted: Sep 20, 2020 7:57 PM ET | Last Updated: September 21The RCMP is working with the FBI after federal U.S. officials intercepted an envelope addressed to the White House that contained the poison ricin. 1:59Three U.S. law enforcement officials say a woman suspected of sending an envelope containing the poison ricin, which was addressed to White House and President Donald Trump, has been arrested at the New York-Canada border. The officials say the woman was taken into custody by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and is expected to face federal charges. The officials were not authorized to discuss the ongoing investigation publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. Aaron Bowker of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection office confirmed with CBC News that the arrest took place at the Peace Bridge at Buffalo and that the individual was travelling from Canada into the U.S. An RCMP spokesperson told CBC News on Saturday that it was assisting the FBI in the investigation and that “initial information from the investigation suggests that the letter originated in Canada.”With files from CBC News
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Lisa Murkowski, Susan Collins oppose vote on Ruth Bader Ginsburg replacement before election

CLOSE Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died at age 87. Ginsburg is most noted for her lifelong fight for equality for women. USA TODAYSen. Lisa Murkowski definitively said Sunday she does not support voting on a nominee to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court before the Nov. 3 election, repeating a belief…

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Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died at age 87. Ginsburg is most noted for her lifelong fight for equality for women.

USA TODAYSen. Lisa Murkowski definitively said Sunday she does not support voting on a nominee to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court before the Nov. 3 election, repeating a belief she had expressed previously when the question was theoretical.”For weeks, I have stated that I would not support taking up a potential Supreme Court vacancy this close to the election. Sadly, what was then a hypothetical is now our reality, but my position has not changed,” the Alaska Republican said in a statement. Hours before Ginsburg’s death was announced, Murkowski told Alaska Public Media on Friday she would not vote on a nominee so close to an election. She cited the decision in 2016 not to move forward with a vote on Merrick Garland, who was nominated by then-President Barack Obama in March, because Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell thought it should be left up to the voters in November. “The closer you get to an election, that argument becomes even more important,” she said.November election: Trump, Democrats thrust Supreme Court fight forward as a central issue”I did not support taking up a nomination eight months before the 2016 election to fill the vacancy created by the passing of Justice Scalia,” Murkowski said Sunday. “We are now even closer to the 2020 election – less than two months out – and I believe the same standard must apply.” McConnell, R-Ky., has said the Senate would hold a full vote on President Donald Trump’s nominee. Trump has said he plans to offer up a nominee soon. Murkowski joins Sen. Susan Collins of Maine as the only two Senate Republicans to explicitly reject the idea of voting on a nominee before the election. Two more GOP senators would have to join them to give Democrats the 51 votes needed to block a potential nominee. On Saturday, Collins – a moderate from Maine who is locked in a tight battle for reelection – said “in order for the American people to have faith in their elected officials, we must act fairly and consistently – no matter which political party is in power.” She said Trump has the constitutional authority to put forward a nominee and she would have no problem with the Senate Judiciary Committee beginning the review process. “Given the proximity of the presidential election, however, I do not believe that the Senate should vote on the nominee prior to the election,” she said. “In fairness to the American people, who will either be re-electing the president or selecting a new one, the decision on a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court should be made by the President who is elected on November 3rd.” Who might succeed Justice Ginsburg?: Trump’s short list begins with these five women (and one man)Pelosi: Democrats ‘have our options’ when asked about impeaching Trump if he replaces GinsburgAutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext SlideRead or Share this story: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2020/09/20/lisa-murkowski-opposes-ruth-bader-ginsburg-replacement-before-election/5845511002/Find New & Used CarsNew CarsUsed CarsofPowered by Cars.com
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Montreal, Quebec City to face new restrictions as Quebec tries to fend off 2nd wave of COVID-19 | CBC News

The Quebec government is expected to announce today that it is reducing the size of private gatherings and imposing new restrictions on bars and restaurants in the province’s two biggest cities, after an increase in COVID-19 infections. Radio-Canada has learned that Montreal, Quebec City and the Chaudière-Appalaches region, which is south of Quebec City, will…

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The Quebec government is expected to announce today that it is reducing the size of private gatherings and imposing new restrictions on bars and restaurants in the province’s two biggest cities, after an increase in COVID-19 infections. Radio-Canada has learned that Montreal, Quebec City and the Chaudière-Appalaches region, which is south of Quebec City, will be placed on “moderate alert.”That is the orange, or second-highest, alert level under the province’s regional system for categorizing the danger posed by the novel coronavirus. Government officials told Radio-Canada they are still finalizing their decision, but barring any other major developments, the announcement is expected to be made Sunday. On Saturday, Quebec reported 427 new cases of COVID-19, the highest daily increase since May. Being placed in the orange category — up from yellow, designated as the “early warning” level — will come with tightened public-health restrictions. According to Radio-Canada, these restrictions are likely to include:  Reducing the maximum number of people allowed at a private gathering from 10 to six. Reducing the maximum number of people allowed per restaurant table from 10 to six. Requiring bars to stop serving alcohol earlier than midnight. A provincewide police operation was conducted this weekend to investigate whether bars are respecting public-health rules. Sources told Radio-Canada that further measures could be taken pending the results of the operation.  Gatherings in indoor and outdoor public places are also expected to be limited to 50, as opposed to 250 people. But government officials said there will be exceptions to that rule. For example, in theatres and cinemas where physical distancing is easily respected, the 250-person limit would remain, but wearing a mask would be mandatory at all times, even when seated. It is still unclear whether school activities will be affected by the decision to place the three regions in the orange level. Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé, public health director Dr. Horacio Arruda and Dr. Éric Litvak, medical advisor to public health, will give an update on the COVID-19 situation in Montreal at 5 p.m. ET Sunday.
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