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In Tuesday’s historic arguments over President Donald Trump’s fight against subpoenas for his financial records, the U.S. Supreme Court justices struggled to find a balance between their worries about potential harassment of presidents and interference with their duties and concerns over how a ruling for the White House could elevate presidents above the law and impede legitimate oversight and investigations.

The court’s conservative majority seemed more sympathetic than their liberal colleagues to Trump’s challenge to subpoenas by three House investigating committees, but there appeared to be openness across the bench to the needs of a state grand jury investigating possible criminal activity by Trump and his businesses.

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Marcia Coyle

Marcia Coyle, based in Washington, covers the U.S. Supreme Court. Contact her at [email protected]. On Twitter: @MarciaCoyle

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