The Supreme Court has postponed hearing oral arguments, including those regarding the release of President Donald Trump’s tax returns.
“In keeping with public health precautions recommended in response to COVID-19, the Supreme Court is postponing the oral arguments currently scheduled for the March session (March 23-25 and March 30-April 1). The Court will examine the options for rescheduling those cases in due course in light of the developing circumstances,” The Supreme Court said in a statement.
The Supreme Court was expected to hear oral arguments on three separate court cases involving Trump’s tax and bank records by the end of March.
The cases may result in significant rulings on the power of the House Ways and Means Committee to demand records for its investigations, as well as the authority of a president to resist such demands.
It was originally expected that a decision could be reached by the end of June, as the General Election campaigns begin heating up.
“The Court’s postponement of argument sessions in light of public health concerns is not unprecedented. The Court postponed scheduled arguments for October 1918 in response to the Spanish flu epidemic. The Court also shortened its argument calendars in August 1793 and August 1798 in response to yellow fever outbreaks,” the Supreme Court website says.
H/T The Hill