After waiting for months, the mystery ended this morning in the Supreme Court fight over Donald Trump’s tax records. The new mystery might be why it ended as quietly as it did. Without any comment or apparent dissent, the justices denied Trump’s application for a stay against Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance’s subpoenas:
The high court’s decision to turn down Trump’s request for a stay of a grand jury subpoena advances a criminal probe by Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. that appears to be one of the most serious of an array of legal threats Trump faces in his post-presidency.
The justices issued no explanation for the denial and no member of the court publicly noted any dissent.
No comment at all, after keeping everyone waiting for this long? Clearly the issue wasn’t dissent over the decision, at least not strong enough to merit a public airing. That makes it look as though the court decided to deliberately wait for the election, and now likely Trump’s second impeachment, to fully play out before taking any action on the stay request. That might have been a smart play, but it will generate a lot of questions about whether the court was playing politics all along.