Supreme Court OKs handover of Trump tax returns to Congress
The Associated Press | 11/23/2022, 6 p.m.
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Tuesday cleared the way for the imminent handover of former President Trump’s tax returns to a congressional committee after a three-year legal fight.
The court, with no noted dissents, rejected Trump’s plea for an order that would have prevented the Treasury Department from giving six years of tax returns for Mr. Trump and some of his businesses to the Democratic-controlled House Ways and Means Committee.
Alone among recent presidents, Mr. Trump refused to release his tax returns either during his successful 2016 campaign or his four years in the White House, citing what he said was an ongoing audit by the IRS. Last week, Mr. Trump announced he would run again in 2024.
It was the former president’s second loss at the Supreme Court in as many months, and third this year. 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 January, the court refused to stop the National Archives from turning over documents to the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol. Justice Clarence Thomas was the only vote in Mr. Trump’s favor.
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 Mr. Trump’s claims that it was overstepping and only wanted the documents so they could be made public.
Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., the committee chairman until the next Congress begins in January, said in a statement that his committee “will now conduct the oversight that we’ve sought for the last three and a half years.”