Supreme Court Rules Congress Can Obtain Trump’s Tax Returns

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled against Donald Trump in his efforts to block the release of his tax returns to Congress.
Donald Trump (screen capture)

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled a House committee may receive Donald Trump’s tax returns ending his years long attempt to keep them secret.

From the New York Times:

The Supreme Court on Tuesday cleared the way for a House committee to receive former President Donald J. Trump’s tax returns, refusing his request to block their release in the waning weeks of Democratic control of the chamber.

The court’s order, which was unsigned and did not note any dissents, is the most recent instance in which it has sided against Mr. Trump, who appointed three justices to the bench.

The decision means that the Treasury Department is likely to soon turn over Mr. Trump’s financial documents to the House, which has been seeking them since 2019.

Federal law allows the Ways and Means Committee the authority to see any taxpayer’s documents. But the Trump administration refused to let the department turn over the records. In July 2019, the House filed a lawsuit seeking to enforce its request.

Judge Trevor N. McFadden, a Trump appointee, originally ruled the committee had a legal right to the records. But he blocked the Treasury Department from turning them over until the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit reviewed his decision.

This past August, the ruling was upheld by a panel of the Court of Appeals. Trump asked the full appeals court to reconsider the matter. The appeals court said ‘no.’

The Supreme Court was Trump’s last chance to block the returns from being released. You have to wonder what it is that Trump is so afraid of people seeing.

Read the full report here.