The U.S. Supreme Court should rule on whether President Trump has the right to keep his personal finances, especially tax returns, a secret.
The nine judges began questioning the lawyers via teleconference on Tuesday. Media are talking about a big showdown about the power of the head of state of the United States.
Trump is opposed to the public disclosure of his fortune and family affairs, but he and his Department of Justice lost the trial in lower courts.
The Supreme Court, which has five conservatives and four liberal members, allowed Trump to appoint two judges himself.
“The president is not above the law,” Liberal Chief Justice Elena Kagan told a Trump lawyer.
Two parliamentary committees want to see Trump’s accounts.
Prosecutors in New York also demand access to his financial trading and walking. The court case was postponed due to the corona crisis. The intention is to be ready for the presidential elections in early November.