All the President's Papers
Cato Supreme Court Review (2020 Forthcoming)
44 Pages Posted: 15 Aug 2020
Date Written: 2020
In a pair of cases during the 2019-20 Term, Trump v. Vance and Trump v. Mazars, the Supreme Court revisited questions of presidential immunity and the scope of legislative oversight that infrequently come before the Court. In two opinions by Chief Justice Roberts, the Court rejected broad claims of presidential immunity while recognizing the real separation of powers concerns raised by any investigation of the President. In these two decisions, the Court reaffirmed two fundamental constitutional values: 1) No person is above the law; 2) The powers of Congress are limited. In the process, the Court also demonstrated an ability to resolve important constitutional questions without descending into the political polarization that engulfs the body politic in 2020.
Keywords: Trump v. Mazars, Trump v. Vance, Presidential Immunity, Congressional Oversight, Separation of Powers, Donald Trump, Executive Privilege, Congressional Subpoenas
JEL Classification: K49
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