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Trump v. Mazars, Trump v. Vance, and Trump v. Deutsche Bank all circle around President Donald Trump's financial state; the cases involve large sums of money, tax forms, and other highly-pertinent information about the president’s financial largess. The New York Times delves into the cases, and how they reflect on the status quo of a sitting U.S. president.

  • As if he were a king, Trump and his lawyers claim that a sitting president cannot be criminally investigated. Trump is using his power as America’s leader to dodge accountability.
  • House Committees and New York prosecutors are requesting information from Trump’s accountants and bankers, not from the president himself. This gives them more leverage in the case; if they had subpoenaed Trump, they would face an uphill battle.
  • The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit narrowly rejected Trump’s appeal to block any subpoenas.
  • Trump V. Deutsche Bank goes beyond just tax information. This case wants to procure any instances where more than $10,000 was taken from or transferred into a Trump family account.
  • House lawyers told the Supreme Court that the subpoenas are fair, because they could inform future legislation. They aim to make future president’s financial information compulsory.
  • The Times points out a trend in American politics -- every 23 years it seems a president is put on the spot and asked to explain themselves. In 1974, it was Richard Nixon. In 1997, it was Bill Clinton. In 2020, it's Trump.
  • Six presidents before Trump, all the way back to President Carter, had released their tax information freely and without fight. Trump has broken this tradition and made this legislative change imperative.
  • The cases will be argued over the phone because of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Unlike earlier arguments, these calls will be available to the public.

These cases are vastly important to the future of the presidency. Trump is asking to rule without accountability and transparency. He was not born to rule -- he was elected. And elected officials have a responsibility to be open and fair to the people.

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