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Actual quote from a Trump lawyer before the Supreme Court: "criminal process against the president is unconstitutional". He's lying.
It's really weird. If my financial records became wholly public – aside from issues of identity theft – the burden would be mild embarrassment at worst, and I would probably find a couple of minor tax filing mistakes worth $100 in interest. Why is this such a huge burden for him?
Trump lawyer: "He is not to be treated as a normal citizen. He is, himself, a branch of government." This is also false.
Trump lawyer: the litigation itself is the burden, and because we're litigating before the Supreme Court, the information we're litigating about shouldn't be released. Seriously.
Now, Trump's lawyer is claiming that "state requests for documents from a President should be prohibited". End statement. I assume this would include Trump's signed confession admitting to a shooting in the middle of Fifth Avenue.
Gorsuch: "In Jones, they were seeking a deposition. They're just seeking documents."
Trump Counsel: "But they're his documents! What stops the DA from having the president testify?"
Reality: Nobody's asking him to testify
Trump counsel: "The criminal nature creates a very distinct burden from a civil case"
Trump counsel: "Because a civil case only results in monetary damages; criminal involves loss of liberty"
Me: "Man, these dudes sound worried"
SCOTUS: "How do we determine the burden on the president?"
Trump counsel: "Because these are local and relatively homogeneous communities"
Alito: "How will a showing of special need be carried out? I assume the prosecutor would have to reveal what was being investigated."
Trump counsel: "It's difficult to answer that question... the prosecutor would need to make public whatever could be responsibly made public..."
Trump counsel is now explaining to SCOTUS how prosecutors should be forced to present evidence in order to obtain evidence.
Sotomayor calmly explaining to everyone again that this investigation involves activities that predate the presidency, cannot involve executive privilege, and that the courts are perfectly capable of resolving these issues. Trump counsel again defames due process as "burdensome".
Trump counsel is now claiming that Article II protects the president from being "unduly burdened" by legal process before the judicial branch of the very country he governs, referring to the very same process that all US citizens are subject to.
Trump counsel: "It depends on who the defendant is". In other words, he claims to be above the law.
Trump counsel is literally just making up legal tests now.
Trump counsel: The president is special, you see, and these lowly state plebes need to show they really need that information in order to get that information.
"How do they prove they really need that information?"
"They haven't proven it"

Okay, I made that part up, but it's not far off from what I just heard.
"Speculative mental distraction claim" is one of the sicker burns I've heard before the Supreme Court.
Breyer: "A possible solution is to send it through the normal system, have both sides say what the concerns are, and any conflicts could be resolved in Federal court."
Trump counsel implies bad faith prosecution on the part of Vance. Disgusting.
Trump counsel is now impugning prosecutors by claiming they have a pattern or practice of "leaking" grand jury materials.
"You never have media asking for confidential grand jury information?"
"They ask all the time and we tell them no."
Another mention before SCOTUS of using subpoenas for "harassment" or "political motives".
Counsel in opposition correctly points out that third party criminals could hide in the shadow of the president should he be held immune, untouchable, and above an ordinary citizen.
"It's based on the notion that a president may be worried or distracted based upon where an investigation may or may not lead"
It's honestly pretty funny to hear Trump counsel forced to say "Nixon" hundreds of times.
I assume Kavanaugh is currently in his bathroom taking a beerpiss so forceful the toilet auto-flushes.
Counsel against Donald Trump just said, roughly: "I'm not sure that being accused of an arbitrary criminal act is worse than being accused civilly and publicly of sexual offenses"
Trump counsel TL;DR: "Now that I'm president I'm invincible, even though I did a bunch of crimes and those crimes were state crimes". Kavanaugh appears to be back from his bathroom vomit festival.
Jay Sekulow is again whining about the "stigma of criminal investigation" and "presidential harassment". And with that, from the paid agent of a lying derelict mass-murderer, they adjourn.
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