Donald Trump asks the Supreme Court to stop the release of his tax returns

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Former President Donald Trump has asked the Supreme Court to intervene to block members of Congress from obtaining his past tax returns. In an appeal filed Monday. If the court declines, the records will be referred to the House Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday.

“The committee does not have an urgent need for the applicants’ information so it can read the common law about funding and regulating future IRS audits of future presidents,” wrote his lawyer, Cameron Norris, adding that releasing the records would “cause irreparable harm” to Trump.

Norris filed the same claim Arguing before the Supreme Court Against using race as a factor in college admissions.

Last week, the full US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit Reconsideration refused Previous judgments have found that legislators Documents are entitled. The court also said it would not stay the release of the documents while Trump continues a legal battle that began in 2019. But this week the Supreme Court could issue an emergency order to prevent the records from being released.

Lawmakers said Trump needed tax returns from his time in office to help assess the effectiveness of annual presidential audits. Trump has argued that their motives actually embarrass him politically, but federal judges have He continued to rule Legislators established a “valid legislative intent” requirement for disclosure.

Norris argued that the case “raises important questions about the separation of powers that affect every future president” because it involves one branch of government seizing private records from another.

The appeals court found the request “minimally intrusive” because Trump is no longer president and all previous presidents going back decades have voluntarily released their tax returns. But the court found that even if Trump were still president, the request would not upset the balance of power between the branches of government. The court was also unmoved by Trump’s argument that his tax returns could be made public.

“Congressional investigations sometimes expose private information about the companies, organizations and individuals they investigate,” the committee wrote. “It doesn’t overburden them. It’s the nature of the investigative and legislative processes.

A Republican appointee to the three-judge panel said it “doesn’t matter that President Trump is no longer in office,” but acknowledged the claim “doesn’t rise to the level of divisiveness.” abuse of power.”

This is not the only case where Trump is seeking to protect his financial information. Supreme Court last year It refused to block the release of Trump’s financial records For the New York State trial, that is in 2020 He asserted the rights of the Congress to present that information with certain limitations.

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