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Donald Trump is asking the Supreme Court to preserve his tax returns from a House committee – Chicago Tribune

WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump is headed to the Supreme Court again, this time to try to stop the release of his tax returns to a congressional committee.

In an emergency appeal filed Monday, Trump wants a court order to at least temporarily stop the Treasury Department from releasing his returns to the Democratic-controlled House Ways and Means Committee.

Lower courts have ruled that the committee has broad authority to obtain tax returns and rejected Trump’s overreach claims.

Most recently, Trump sought judicial intervention in a legal dispute related to the search of his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida in August. The court rejected this appeal.

If Trump can convince the nation’s highest court to intervene in the case, he could potentially delay a final decision until the next Congress begins in January. If Republicans regain control of the House in the fall elections, they may drop the records request.

The House committee and its chairman, Democrat Richard Neal of Massachusetts, first requested Trump’s 2019 tax returns as part of an investigation into the Internal Revenue Service’s audit program and the former president’s tax compliance. Federal law states that the Internal Revenue Service “shall submit” any taxpayer’s returns to multiple top lawmakers.

The Justice Department under the Trump administration defended then-Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s decision not to release tax returns to Congress. Mnuchin claimed that he could withhold the documents because he concluded that Democrats were seeking them for partisan reasons. The trial has begun.

After President Joe Biden took office, the committee renewed the request, asking for Trump’s tax returns and additional information for the years 2015-2020. The White House has taken the position that the request was valid and that the Treasury Department had no choice but to comply. Trump then tried to stop the transfer in court.

Then-Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. obtained copies of Trump’s personal and business tax returns as part of the criminal investigation. That case also reached the Supreme Court, which rejected Trump’s argument that he had broad immunity as president.


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