Supreme Court Temporarily Blocks Release of Trump Tax Returns to House Democrats

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The temporary stay comes just a few days before the documents were scheduled to be made available to the committee of Congress.

Chief Justice John Roberts temporarily blocked the release of the former President’s tax returns before the House panel on Tuesday. This came a couple of days before the tax returns were due to be handed over.

Trump’s lawyers requested Roberts in a lengthy filing on Monday to pause on the matter until they can officially appeal a lower-court ruling possibly in an effort to force the long-running dispute to a different, and more likely Trump-aligned Congress. The temporary stay means that it is now possible that the Supreme Court has time to examine the legal issue in a judicial manner, and has instructed that the House committee to address the issue within the next week.

The House Ways and Means Committee initially brought the case in the Treasury Department in 2019, after it sought tax records in accordance with the IRS provision that permits the committee to access tax data to fulfill legitimate legislative requirements. A lower court had ruled in the past year that the tax documents could be released to Congress but Trump opposed the decision.

The federal appellate court denied the appeal in August and permitted the tax records to be submitted for review by the House committee, a huge setback to Trump who for years has been resisting the release of the financial details of his personal finances in the past, and the panel ruled that the request by the House committee is not in violation of Congress’s investigative power or infringe on rules of separation of powers as Trump’s lawyers had claimed. This week, the entire U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit declined the request of Trump to reconsider the decision.

“No Congress has ever wielded its legislative power to demand an individual’s tax returns.” Trump’s lawyers addressed the court on Monday, noting that “left unreviewed by it is likely that the D.C. Circuit’s decision could have wide-ranging implications.”

The latest development occurs in the midst of the Supreme Court considers a couple of petitions from people who are in Trump’s orbit to stop subpoenas to obtain information about their participation in the effort of the former president to overturn the election of 2020.

Trump has also reached an agreement in the spring of this year Democrats on the House committee to provide his financial documents after the case went through the Supreme Court before being sent back to the lower court. In the agreement, Trump agreed not to contest the ruling, and also to follow the court’s directive to release documents “as quickly as is possible.”

Chief Justice John Roberts temporarily blocked the release of the former president’s tax returns before the House Committee on Tuesday. The move came just a few days prior to when the tax returns were scheduled to be released.

Trump’s lawyers requested Roberts in a 31-page document on Monday to pause on the matter until they can officially appeal a lower court decision, possibly in an effort to move the long-running dispute to the new, and probably more Trump-friendly, Congress. The temporary stay means that Trump’s Supreme Court has time to look into the legal dispute and has directed that the House committee to address the issue within the next week.

The House Ways and Means Committee first filed the lawsuit with the Treasury Department in 2019, after it sought tax records pursuant to the IRS provision that permits the committee to access tax data for legitimate legislative reasons. A lower court decided in the past year that the tax documents could be released to Congress however Trump challenged the decision.

The federal appellate court denied the appeal in August and permitted the tax documents to be handed for review by the House committee. This is a significant setback to Trump who for years has been resisting the release of his financial records in the past, and the panel ruled that the request of the House committee isn’t in excess of Congress’ investigative powers or infringe on rules of separation of powers similar to the arguments made by Trump’s lawyers. The court’s full U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit declined the request of Trump to reconsider the decision.

“No Congress has ever wielded its legislative power to require the tax returns of a president,” Trump’s lawyers addressed the court on Monday, noting that “left unreviewed and unreviewed, this D.C. Circuit’s decision could have a wide-ranging impact.”

The news occurs in the midst of the Supreme Court considers a couple of requests from those who are in Trump’s orbit to stop subpoenas to obtain information regarding their participation in the campaign of the former president to rescind the 2020 presidential election.

Trump has also reached an agreement in the spring of this year Democrats on an House committee to provide his financial documents after the case went through the Supreme Court before being sent back to an lower court. As part of the agreement, Trump agreed not to contest the ruling, and agreed to follow the court’s directive to release documents “as swiftly as is feasible.”

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