Supreme Court OKs handover of Trump tax returns to Congress

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday cleared the way for the imminent handover of former President Donald Trump’s tax returns to a congressional committee after a three-year legal fight.

The court, without comment, rejected Trump’s plea for an order that would have prevented the Treasury Department from giving six years of tax returns for Trump and some of his businesses to the Democratic-controlled House Ways and Means Committee.

It was Trump’s second loss at the Supreme Court in as many months. In October, the court refused to step into the legal fight surrounding the FBI search of Trump’s Florida estate that turned up classified documents.

In the dispute over his tax returns, the Treasury Department had refused to provide the records during Trump’s presidency. But the Biden administration said federal law is clear that the committee has the right to examine any taxpayer’s return, including the president’s.

Lower courts agreed that the committee has broad authority to obtain tax returns and rejected Trump’s claims that it was overstepping and only wanted the documents so they could be made public.

Chief Justice John Roberts imposed a temporary freeze on Nov. 1 to allow the court to weigh the legal issues raised by Trump’s lawyers and the counter arguments of the administration and the House of Representatives.

Just over three weeks later, the court lifted Roberts’ order with no noted dissents.

The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The House contended an order preventing the IRS from providing the tax returns would leave lawmakers “little or no time to complete their legislative work during this Congress, which is quickly approaching its end.”

Had Trump persuaded the nation’s highest court to intervene, he could have run out the clock on the committee, with Republicans ready to take control of the House in January. They almost certainly would have dropped the records request if the issue had not been resolved by then.

The House Ways and Means panel and its chairman, Democrat Richard Neal of Massachusetts, first requested Trump’s tax returns in 2019 as part of an investigation into the Internal Revenue Service’s audit program and tax law compliance by the former president. A federal law says the Internal Revenue Service “shall furnish” the returns of any taxpayer to a handful of top lawmakers.

The Justice Department under the Trump administration had defended a decision by then-Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to withhold the tax returns from Congress. Mnuchin argued that he could withhold the documents because he concluded they were being sought by Democrats for partisan reasons. A lawsuit ensued.

After President Joe Biden took office, the committee renewed the request, seeking Trump’s tax returns and additional information from 2015-2020. The White House took the position that the request was a valid one and that the Treasury Department had no choice but to comply. Trump then attempted to halt the handover 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, too, went to the Supreme Court, which rejected Trump’s argument that he had broad immunity as president.

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(31) comments

newspostreader

Not a single comment here form C.D. Shocking!

pdl603

This action is purely political without doubt. One question, if the IRS couldn’t find any evidence of wrong doing, then what makes the majority idiots think they will? Hate is all they have. On a separate note, notice how the left has turned a blind eye to the Biden Crime family.

Piedmontgardener

I'm not on "the left". Your excuse of the utter failure of a political figure to answer to legal process is nothing more than the cloaking of law and order from a partisan player, his entire life is using money or our own government resources through DOJ to prevent telling the truth. It's a legal subpoena and SCOTUS rightfully upheld it.

pdl603

I have always thought that you collected evidence after a crime rather than collecting evidence in search of a crime. That is what is happening here and it is disgusting and disgraceful.

Piedmontgardener

That's the result of Presidential immunity. Sorry, PDL, he's going down and it's highly overdue.

pdl603

For what? What crime will they find?

phydeaux994

Name one crime the Biden family has been indicted for in an Investigation that has been looked into since Joe was Veep. You lose pitiful. Trump lost pitiful. Come back to America, rejoin your forsaken Nation.

pdl603

DoughNut, there has not been a thorough investigation that is coming.

phydeaux994

What about Durham? You said he was going to bring the Biden’s down. Why didn’t the Trump Administration investigate the Biden’s when they controlled Congress for two years. Would the Biden Family’s name even come up if Joe hadn’t run for POTUS? NO! But Trump knew that he couldn’t win with Biden in the race. He started his “if we don’t win the 2020 Presidential Election was rigged, stolen by the Democrats” because he knew he was doomed. Right pitiful? Surely you knew that, you aren’t that stupid are you? Dump Trump and become an American again.

jamesnee

Traitor Trump has been enabled to ruin countless lives. Donald Trump and ALL of HIS ENABLERS are a curse on America and Democracy, that we may never recover from.

pdl603

No, now that Twitter has unlocked his account his tweets can be reviewed from 1/6. They paint a totally different picture from what The Committee painted. Kinda ruins the narrative. However, when you look through the lens of hate, bigotry and racism the conclusion you’ve arrived at is inevitable.

phydeaux994

The problem being they have a month to wade through these returns assuming they are turned over post haste. The new HoR will put the kabash on the 1/6 Investigation. But does this mean the Tax Returns will be available to other Investigations?

bnick467

Yes, the committee can share those tax returns with the NY AG's office in their fraud investigation of the Trump Crime Family.

pdl603

Evidence in search of a crime. Oh how very un-American and Stalinesque of you, DoughNut. But coming from you it isn’t surprising.

phydeaux994

pitiful, what would America look like if you were in charge? Who would be President? Would abortion be unlawful in every State? How would you treat minorities? Would your way end inflation and lower gas prices? What Biden Policies would you get rid of? How would your side fix America to your satisfaction? Do you have a clue?? Did Trump win the 2020 Election? Do you believe that Trump is honest and has the interests of the American people as his first priority?

pdl603

DoughNut, guilty until proven innocent. Show me the the man and I’ll find the crime. How authoritarian of you.

Plumbum

Remember when Trump was going to run a "self funded" campaign?? LOL

Well, anyway, CNN has an article today listing five reasons why Trump may not want his tax returns released. All solid, compelling possibilities.

One is the possibilities is this (from CNN):

He may not pay (or hasn’t paid) his fair share of taxes, despite his claims that he pays “a lot.” We know, thanks to reporting from The New York Times, that Trump paid zero federal taxes in 11 of the 18 years of returns that the publication was able to obtain. And even in 2017, his first year as president, Trump paid just $750 in federal taxes – a paltry sum for someone as wealthy as he is. The Times estimated that “Trump has paid about $400 million less in combined federal income taxes than a very wealthy person who paid the average for that group each year.”

I always say that illegal immigrants pay more in taxes than Trump does; because they do.

Plumbum

Apparently he got like 74 mil back as a tax refund in 2009(?). Which, could reopen an audit on that refund, which he may HAVE TO PAY BACK.

pdl603

You cite excellent and credible sources, CNN and NYT. Wink, Wink. You people are incredible.

Plumbum

Doesn’t matter, its an opinion piece, it’s still compelling, and most likely, accurate, only time will tell. Tell us you’re foolish without telling us you’re foolish.

public-redux

Perhaps the committee will find some honest mistakes that former President Trump will graciously acknowledge and then make good, as any taxpayer would be happy to do.

Perhaps.

Greg F

Hopefully this means the jig is finally up for Agent Orange.

shiftless88

Florida Orange, now.

threecents

I could say something negative about Trump, but it is too obvious.

Piedmontgardener

The former President is going to learn some hard lessons that no one is above the law in the new year. .About time.

phydeaux994

The SCOTUS had to say NO to one to try to restore a little credibility to themselves. They’ve still got a long way to go.

pdl603

DoughNut, credibility? Following the law and not your feelings is that a lack of credibility in your non-functioning brain?

Fredginrickey

PMG 👍

pdl603

Is Joe Biden above the law? How do you feel about the hard evidence on the laptop?

Piedmontgardener

Can you say "chain of custody"? Might study that concept, Perry Mason and get back to us on how that would 86 any criminal investigation of that laptop. It would be excluded from the word "Go" in a criminal trial.

public-redux

I think pdl is more interested in a political trial than a criminal trial. Something Stalinesque.

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