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Supreme Court to hear three cases

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to conduct full reviews of three cases that will decide whether President Donald Trump may continue shielding his personal tax and financial data from Congress and a New York City prosecutor.

Moving to issue the final word on lawsuits with constitutional separation-of-powers and federalism stakes, the court said it would hear arguments in March. That timetable sets the stage for rulings in June, amid the height of the 2020 presidential election.

The decision came hours after the Democratically-controlled House moved toward a final vote next week on impeaching the first-term Republican president. Although the judicial and congressional actions aren’t directly linked, Chief Justice John Roberts would preside over a likely Senate impeachment trial in January.

Trump’s lawyers asked the high court to intercede on his behalf in the three cases after an unbroken string of losses in federal district and appeals courts. The Supreme Court represents the president’s last hope to protect the documents from being released by banks and accounting firms as he seeks re-election.

Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, right, soon may be called upon to rule on cases involving the personal tax and financial records of the president who nominated them, Donald Trump.

The justices agreed to weigh in on Trump’s opposition to three distinct investigations:

• Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance issued grand jury subpoenas to the Trump Organization in August as part of a criminal investigation of hush-money payments to two women claiming past affairs with Trump, which he has denied. Vance also subpoenaed Mazars USA, Trump’s longtime accounting firm, in September seeking eight years of his tax returns. Two lower federal courts upheld the subpoenas.