The Washington Times reported this week that America’s highest judicial body turned down a request from former President Donald Trump to shield his tax returns from House Democrats.
According to the Times, Tuesday’s unsigned order only the latest turn in a years-long battle which began after Democrats took control of the House Ways and Means Committee.
Tax fight stretches back to 2019
Under the leadership of Rep. Richard E. Neal, the committee is demanding six years’ worth of tax records from Trump as part of its investigation into how the IRS has audited presidents.
Yet Trump contends that this justification is only a pretext, however, and that the committee’s real objective is to undermine his political prospects.
The former president announced in a speech earlier this month at his Mar-a-Lago resort that he is seeking a second term in office.
What’s more, attorneys for Trump say that the statute which requires the Treasury Department to surrender taxpayer information to congressional committees is unconstitutional.
The Supreme Court’s decision came less than a month after Chief Justice John Roberts granted Trump a temporary stay while the issue was being reviewed.
“Upon consideration of the application of counsel for the applicants, it is so ordered that the mandate of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, case No. 21-5289, is hereby stayed pending further order of the undersigned or of the court,” Fox News quoted Robert’s order as stating.
Fox News noted that Trump’s lawyers had previously argued his case before U.S. District Judge Trevor McFadden and a three-judge panel on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, both of which also ruled against him.
Pelosi welcomes ruling
For her part, outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) issued a statement in which she welcomed the Supreme Court’s ruling.
“The Supreme Court’s common sense decision will allow the IRS to comply with federal law and deliver the former President’s tax returns to the House Ways and Means Committee,” she said.
“These documents are vital to meeting the House’s Constitutional mandate: guarding the public interest, defending our national security and holding our public officials to account.”