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Time: UC constitutional scholar weighs in on Trump taxes ruling

Constitutional expert Chris Bryant speaks on Trump’s ‘short-term political win’

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Chris Bryant Photo: UC College of Law

Thursday’s Supreme Court rulings on President Trump’s financial records are making headlines worldwide. In one of two rulings, the court ruled that New York prosecutors can subpoena the president’s tax returns. In a separate decision, the justices sent a congressional fight for the materials back to lower courts. In examining how the court handed a “short-term political win” to Trump, Time magazine turned to Chris Bryant, a constitutional law professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

Bryant, the Rufus King Professor of Constitutional Law, is an expert in the fields of constitutional law, federal courts, legal history, criminal law and procedure, and conflict of laws. He tells Time magazine that even if Congress prevails in its demand for the president’s financial and business records, the public isn’t likely to see those materials until after the election.

The House of Representatives will have to convince a federal judge to approve their claims which “eats up a lot of time” in the political cycle and is “a dramatic expansion of the judicial role,” Bryant told Time. “It gives [Trump] what he most needed politically, which is to avoid pre-election disclosure. I have very little doubt they are high-fiving over there at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.”

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Yahoo: How the Supreme Court Delivered Trump a Short-Term Political Win — and a Long-term Loss to His Quest for Broader Power

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