Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts DELAYS Transfer of Trump’s Tax Returns to Congress: Victory for Ex-President Who Claimed Democrats Only Want Files for Political Reasons
- Roberts temporarily blocked Congress to get his hands on Trump’s returns
- Trump’s legal team filed a distress call on Monday to halt the transfer
- They claim that the Democrats want the files for purely political reasons
- It’s the latest twist in a long legal battle between Trump and Congress
- If Republicans Retake the House, They’ll Likely End the Bid to Get the Records
Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts has postponed the transfer of Donald Trump’s tax returns from the IRS to a Democrat-led congressional committee.
Trump filed an emergency appeal in court on Monday, alleging that the House Ways and Means Committee was trying to get hold of the data for political purposes.
Roberts has suspended the case until the nine judges have made a full decision, and has given the commission until Nov. 10 to respond.
It is the latest twist in the long legal battle between the former president and Congress over his financial files.
In August, an appeals court sided with Ways and Means, saying they could access his filings as part of an investigation into the IRS audit process.
Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts has postponed the transfer of Donald Trump’s tax returns to a Democrat-led congressional committee
They would be able to access the tax returns on Wednesday, before Judge Roberts announced the temporary postponement.
Trump’s legal team has asked the Supreme Court to intervene because the case raises “important questions about the separation of powers.”
‘The only way to preserve these certiorari-worthy questions and prevent them from happening [Trump, his eponymous family business, and other associated entities] irreparable harm is for this Court to grant an administrative suspension,” the file read.
If Trump’s appeal succeeds, it could keep the commission from getting his hands on his files for years.
And if Republicans take control of the House after the midterm elections, they will likely end the Democrats’ bid to get their hands on the returns.
Trump has refused to release his tax returns and has relied on the courts to keep them secret.
Most other presidents regularly release their returns, but they are kept confidential under federal law.
Trump’s legal team sent the distress call to Chief Justice John Roberts (pictured), who was appointed by Republican President George W. Bush