Donald Trump is asking the Supreme Court to stop the release of tax returns

Donald Trump is asking the Supreme Court to stop the release of tax returns


Former President Donald Trump asked the Supreme Court to step in and prevent members of Congress from getting their past tax returns. in an appeal filed Monday. If the court refuses, the records are set to be handed over to the House Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday.

“The Committee does not urgently need the candidates’ information to be able to study generic legislation on the funding and regulation of future IRS audits of future presidents,” his lawyer Cameron Norris wrote, saying that the release of records would cause Trump “irreparable harm.”

Norris presented the question as it was dispute before the Supreme Court against using race as a factor in college admissions.

Last week, the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit declined to review previous decisions that find that legislators are the right to documents. The court also said it would not put the release of the documents on hold while Trump continues a legal battle that begins in 2019. But the Supreme Court could issue an emergency order keeping the records from being released this week.

Lawmakers said they needed Trump’s tax returns from his time in office to help assess the effectiveness of annual presidential audits. Trump has argued that his goals were actually to embarrass him politically, but federal judges have consistently governed that legislators establish the “valid legislative purpose” required for disclosure.

Norris argued that the case “raises important questions about the separation of powers that affect any future president,” because it concerns one branch of government pursuing personal records from another.

The appeals court found that Trump was no longer president, and since all previous presidents for decades had voluntarily released their tax returns, the request was “minimally intrusive.” But even if Trump was still president, the court found that the request did not disturb the balance of power between the branches of government. The court was also unmoved by Trump’s argument that his tax returns could become public.

“Congressional investigations sometimes expose private information about the entities, organizations and individuals they investigate,” the panel wrote. “This does not make them unduly burdensome. That is the nature of investigative and legislative processes.”

The sole Republican nominee on the three-judge panel said that while she “doesn’t give meaning to the fact that President Trump is no longer in office,” she agreed that the request “did not rise to the level of a separation of powers”.

This is not the only case in which Trump is trying to protect his financial information. The Supreme Court last year refused to block the release of Trump’s financial records for a New York state investigation, and in 2020 upheld the right of Congress to quote information with some limitations.

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