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Supreme Court relies on Aaron Burr case in deciding Trump Subpoena Dispute

July 24, 2020 by in "Two Minute Takeaway"
 
Fans of “Hamilton” will enjoy the Supreme Court’s recent decision holding that President Trump must respond to a state subpoena. The Court’s primary precedent?? Chief Justice John Marshall’s 1807 decision in Aaron Burr’s treason trial, which trial was instigated by President Thomas Jefferson. 
 
Jefferson hated Burr for both contesting Jefferson’s election to the Presidency and for killing Hamilton (in that order). In the treason case, Justice Marshall permitted Burr to subpoena Presidential correspondence showing that Jefferson had ginned up the treason charges that Burr schemed to usurp control of the Louisiana Territories.
 
So if you are a fan of Presidential accountability — including in Trump’s case accountability to a mere state prosecutor — thank Aaron Burr. Go Aaron go!  The full decision is available here.