Supreme Court approves release of Trump’s tax returns to Congress

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday authorized the release of Donald Trump’s tax returns to a congressional committee, dealing a defeat to the Republican former president who had called the Democratic-led panel’s request politically motivated.

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The justices denied Trump’s emergency request on Oct. 31 to block a lower court’s decision that granted a request by the House Ways and Means Committee for the tax record as a legitimate part of the panel’s legislative work while his lawyers prepared an appeal. No justice publicly dissented from the decision.

The fight over the committee’s request is one of many legal problems for Trump as he moves forward with another bid for the presidency in 2024. Trump last week announced the launch of his candidacy.

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Tuesday’s order replaced one issued by Chief Justice John Roberts on Nov. 1 that had effectively paused the dispute and prevented the panel from obtaining Trump’s returns while the court considered how to proceed.

Trump was the first president in four decades not to release his tax returns as he tried to keep secret the details of his wealth and the operations of his real estate company, the Trump Organization.

The Ways and Means panel told the Supreme Court in a legal filing that siding with Trump would undermine the constitutional authority of a co-equal branch of government “by effectively preventing Congress from completing any investigation involving a former president whenever there are allegations of that the Inquiry was politically motivated.

(REUTERS)

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