Administration

Merrick Garland, denied Supreme Court spot, on court set to consider Trump subpoena appeal 

President Trump's appeal of a subpoena from House Democrats to turn over his financial records will be heard by a court where snubbed Supreme Court pick Merrick Garland is the chief judge.

Garland serves as the chief judge on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. Trump's lawyers are asking that court to review a federal judge's order allowing the House Oversight and Reform Committee's subpoena to move forward.

Garland's Supreme Court nomination by former President Obama in 2016 became a lightning rod for controversy when the Republican-controlled Senate, led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), refused to hold a hearing on his nomination until after the 2016 presidential election.

When Trump won the presidency, he appointed Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court seat vacated by Associate Justice Antonin Scalia following Scalia's death.

Garland ultimately ended up remaining on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Appeals are heard by panels with three judges, so there is no guarantee Garland will hear the case regarding Trump's financial records.

Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) issued the subpoena earlier this year after Democrats took control of the House. He is seeking Trump's financial records to be turned over from accounting firm Mazars.

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