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Supreme Court debate over Trump’s tax returns, business records points to a mixed outcome

The Supreme Court on May 12 began considering whether President Trump can shield his income tax returns from disclosure to Congress. (Video: Reuters)

The highly anticipated Supreme Court arguments Tuesday over President Trump’s efforts to block disclosure of his income tax returns and private financial records suggested the possibility of a mixed outcome.

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Moreover, several justices suggested there might be more work for lower courts to do, which could delay any turnover of the documents being sought by congressional Democrats and Manhattan’s district attorney until after November’s election.

In more than three hours of teleconferenced hearings, broadcast to all who wanted to listen in, the justices debated presidential authority and accountability from all angles, and now they will meet in private to try to reach consensus.

A few themes emerged.