The Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that former President Donald Trump must turn his tax records–six years’ worth–over to the House Ways and Means Committee for its perusal despite his pleas that he shouldn’t have to do so.
Chief Justice John Roberts granted him a stay last month while the Court considered his request, but ultimately lifted the stay and allowed the process to move forward.
“The application for stay of the mandate presented to The Chief Justice and by him referred to the Court is denied,” the order states. “The order heretofore entered by The Chief Justice is vacated.”
The Treasury Department already has the taxes and was holding them pending the Court’s decision.
Can he delay?
Democrats are only in charge of House committees for another five weeks or so, and a lot of that will ostensibly be spent on holiday leave with their families.
It’s possible that Trump could delay turning them over long enough to avoid Democrats plastering them all over the news.
But even Republicans taking over the committee will not prevent leaks. And once the toothpaste is out of the tube, Trump will never get it back in there again.
Now that he is once again a presidential candidate, he no doubt wants to avoid anything that could alienate voters.
It’s really not that clear exactly why Trump is so reluctant to turn his taxes over, however. Does he think everyone doesn’t know he’s a billionaire who owns a giant corporation?
Of course, Democrats are sure he’s doing something criminal with his business or cheating the IRS or something.
He’s been in an audit for years, and part of his protest is that he needs the privacy to deal with the audit effectively.
He may very well have a good reason for not wanting his taxes released, but it looks like he wants to hide something. Did he lose money? Use all the loopholes to pay no taxes at all?
Whatever it is, he should get ready for it to come out, because Democrats are not going to be able to help themselves. They never can where he is concerned.