Supreme Court Denies Donald Trump's Tax Return Plea

by Wall Street Rebel - Michael London | 11/23/2022 12:11 PM
Supreme Court Denies Donald Trump's Tax Return Plea

The United States Supreme Court denied a plea by the former president to issue an injunction against the release of Mr. Trump's and some of his companies' tax returns for the preceding six years to the House Ways and Means Committee, which Democrats currently control.

 

After a three-year legal fight, the US Supreme Court has cleared the way to transfer former president Donald Trump's tax returns to Congress.

The judge denied Donald Trump's request to keep the Treasury Department from providing the House Ways and Means Committee with six years of tax returns for him and several of his companies.

After a three-year legal battle, the Supreme Court on Tuesday paved the way for the impending transfer of former President Donald Trump's tax returns to a congressional committee.

Trump's request for an injunction that would have barred the Treasury Department from sending six years' worth of tax returns for Trump and several of his companies to the House Ways and Means Committee, which Democrats control, was turned down by the court without any remark being made.

This was President Trump's second defeat at the hands of the Supreme Court in as many months. In October, the court declined to become involved in the legal battle over the search of Trump's Florida residence by the FBI, which uncovered secret information.

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When Trump was in office, the Treasury Department steadfastly refused to provide the documents requested in connection with the ongoing controversy about his tax returns. However, the administration of Vice President Joe Biden said that it is abundantly clear under federal law that the committee has the authority to review any taxpayer's return, including that of the president.

The lower courts agreed with, the higher courts that the committee had extensive jurisdiction to seek tax returns, and they rejected Trump's assertions that the committee was overstepping its bounds and simply wanted the records so that they could be made public.

The temporary halt was imposed on November 1 by Chief Justice John Roberts to give the court time to consider the legal difficulties highlighted by Trump's attorneys and the counterarguments that the administration and the House of Representatives presented.

A little more than three weeks later, the court removed the injunction that Roberts had issued, and there were no notable dissents.

A request for comment from the Trump campaign was not immediately met with a response from the campaign.

The House of Representatives argued that if an injunction was issued blocking the Internal Revenue Service from releasing the tax returns, legislators would have "little or no time to accomplish their legislative job during this Congress, which is swiftly nearing its close."

If President Trump had convinced the highest court in the land to step in, he would have had the opportunity to run out the clock on the committee before the Republicans took control of the House in January. If that point had not fixed the problem, there is a very good chance that they would have abandoned the request for the documents.

As part of an investigation into the Internal Revenue Service's audit program and tax law compliance by the former president, the House Ways and Means panel and its chairman, Democrat Richard Neal of Massachusetts, made the initial request for Trump's tax returns in 2019. This request was created as part of an investigation. According to a provision in a federal statute, the Internal Revenue Service "must provide" the tax returns of any taxpayer upon request from a select group of legislators.

During the time of the Trump administration, the Justice Department supported a decision made by Steven Mnuchin, serving as Treasury Secretary at the time, to withhold the tax returns from Congress. Mnuchin contended that he was within his rights to withhold the information because he had determined that the Democrats' request for them was motivated by political concerns. The result was a lawsuit.

The committee resubmitted the request when Joe Biden was elected president. This time, they asked for Trump's tax returns and additional information from 2015 through 2020. The White House took the stance that the request was legitimate and that the Treasury Department did not have any other option except to comply with the request. After then, Trump went to court to try to stop the transfer from happening.

As part of a criminal investigation, Cyrus Vance Jr., who was serving as the District Attorney of Manhattan at the time, received copies of Donald Trump's personal and corporate tax records. The Supreme Court also rejected this notion that Trump had extensive immunity as president once it was brought up in that case and heard there.

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