Supreme Court Dismisses Trump DC Hotel Records Case

The Supreme Court will not hear a case on whether Democratic lawmakers should have been permitted to sue for papers relating to a hotel former President Trump owned in Washington, D.C. during his term. Last month, members of Congress dismissed the lawsuit.

Democrats dismissed the dispute in a lower court after the Supreme Court agreed to hear the Biden Justice Department’s appeal in the case last month. Both parties then wrote to the justices, agreeing that the case should be dismissed as moot.

The court reversed the lower ruling and remanded it with instructions to dismiss the lawsuit in a brief, unsigned opinion issued Monday. Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson disagreed with the order, stating that she would have utilized a different procedural process to dismiss the case.

The hotel records had mostly dropped out of contention because the MPs secured the majority of them through other means.

However, the case was meant to consider how the minority party in Congress can analyze a presidential administration through the use of federal legislation known as the “Seven Member Rule.”

Supreme Court Dismisses Trump DC Hotel Records Case

The Justice Department had asked the Supreme Court to rule that Democrats could not sue in court to enforce the rule, which allows any seven members of the House Oversight and Accountability Committee or any five members of the Senate Homeland Security Committee to request information from executive agencies.

However, after Democrats dismissed the lawsuit, the Justice Department stated that the Supreme Court should decline to hear its appeal.

“Three weeks after the Court granted review, respondents filed a notice of voluntary dismissal in district court,” the Justice Department stated in a letter to the justices. “Although that notice does not, by itself, terminate proceedings in this Court, respondents’ abandonment of their claims does.”

Democrats, who had asked the Supreme Court not to take the case in the first place, agreed that the case should be resolved.

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“Here, respondents do not appear to have formally withdrawn their Section 2954 request or explicitly renounced any attempt to seek the disputed documents in the future,” they said. “But under the circumstances, their notice in the district court and letter to this Court should be regarded as a definitive abandonment of their claims.”

Democrats have been seeking financial information relating to Trump’s hotel, which was located on public property just a few blocks from the White House, for years.

Trump had leased the Old Post Office Pavilion from the General Services Administration (GSA) to transform it into a luxury hotel. When Trump eventually became president, Democrats raised concerns about the bidding process and potential conflicts of interest. Trump has repeatedly denied any misconduct.

However, when Democrats attempted to invoke the Seven Member Rule to acquire hotel documents from the Trump administration’s GSA, the agency refused.

The Trump Organization later sold the hotel lease, and the structure is now a Waldorf Astoria. Furthermore, some Democrats who filed the original complaint have d!ed or left Congress.

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