Trump is asking the Supreme Court to stop the IRS from turning over his tax returns to the House
Former President Donald Trump asked the Supreme Court to put on hold the release of his tax returns from the Internal Revenue Service to a Democratic-led House committee.
Trump filed the emergency request on Monday at the high court after a federal appeals court cleared the way last week for the returns to be disclosed to the House Ways and Means Committee in the coming days.
The case is the most direct way for the House to obtain Trump’s federal tax returns after pursuing it in various ways for years.
Trump’s team wants the Supreme Court to pause the release of the tax returns while the justices consider whether to take up a case reviewing lower court rulings accepting their disclosure.
The new filing asks the court to put the release of the tax returns on administrative hold from Wednesday, as a decision by the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit allowing their disclosure takes effect Thursday .
“No Congress has ever exercised its legislative powers to require the president’s tax returns,” Trump argued to the Supreme Court, as he warned of the “far-reaching implications” of the DC Circuit’s decision. .
He wrote that the way the lower courts approached the House request was contrary to the Supreme Court’s decision in the Mazars case, regarding a subpoena the House issued to Trump’s accounting firm for his tax information.
This story has been updated with additional details.
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