WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump is on the Supreme Court again, this time trying to prevent his tax returns from going to a congressional committee.
In an emergency appeal filed Monday, Trump hopes the court will order the Treasury Department to at least temporarily suspend his filing of his returns with the Democratic-controlled House Ways and Means Committee. There is
A lower court ruled that the commission had broad powers to obtain tax returns, dismissing Trump’s claim that it overstepped.
Trump recently sought a judge’s intervention in a legal battle arising from a search of a Mar-a-Lago, Florida property in August.
If Trump can convince the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene in the case, it could delay a final decision until the next Congress begins in January. They may withdraw their request for records.
The House Ways and Means Committee and its chairman, Democrat of Massachusetts, Richard Neal, released Trump’s tax returns for the first time in 2019 as part of the Internal Revenue Service’s audit program and an investigation into the former president’s compliance with tax laws. requested a letter. Federal law says the Internal Revenue Service “provides” taxpayer returns to a handful of top lawmakers.
The Justice Department under Trump has defended then-Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s decision to withhold tax returns from Congress. Mnuchin argued that he could withhold the documents because he concluded Democrats wanted them for partisan reasons. A lawsuit was filed.
After President Joe Biden took office, the commission updated its request, asking for Trump’s tax returns and additional information from 2015 to 2020. The Ministry of Finance took the position that it had no choice but to comply. Trump then tried to stop the extradition in court.
Then-Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. obtained copies of Trump’s personal and business tax records as part of a criminal investigation. That case also went to the Supreme Court, which rejected claims that Trump had broad immunity as president.