The decision has finally come down from the Supreme Court regarding the order for Trump to turn over his tax returns to Congress.
This was his last defense… and it failed.
The court has decided to NOT block the Treasury Department’s request for Donald Trump’s tax returns.
Crushing Blow for Trump
This has always been a bit of a witch hunt in my eyes in terms of just getting something on Trump.
The House Ways and Means Committee has taken the position that Trump’s unique standing prior to becoming president led to holes in its current policy.
They needed to look at Trump’s returns to review current oversight.
Democrats also want to do a deep dive into Trump’s companies’ tax code compliance as well as rechecking Trump’s tax audits.
In reality, this is just about getting the tax returns, finding something they can use against him, and leaking it to the media.
This case has been in the courts since April 2019.
The initial stay was put in in place by Chief Justice Roberts, who oversees the DC courts, but this final ruling had no noted dissents.
Trump’s attorneys have defended their case with the very argument I made above, stating, “The committee’s purpose in requesting President Trump’s tax returns has nothing to do with funding or staffing issues at the IRS and everything to do with releasing the president’s tax information to the public.”
The Ways and Means Committee told the Supreme Court, “Unlike his predecessors, Mr. Trump owned a complex web of businesses, engaged in business activities internationally, had a history of aggressive tax avoidance (as he has boasted), claimed to be under ‘continuous audit’ since before his presidency, and repeatedly denounced IRS audits of him as ‘unfair.'”
They added that those claims brought up “substantial concerns.”
Now that Trump has been ordered to turn them over, what is the over/under on copies being released to the media?
On a different note, it opens up yet another potential legal problem for Trump, but Congress is going to have to hurry.
They are only going to have until January to find something here because you better believe Republicans are going to shut this down as soon as they get into power.