The Supreme Court Just Announced Congress Can Access Trump’s Tax Returns

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The Supreme Court Just Announced Congress Can Access Trump’s Tax Returns

From Mother Jones | Politics by Russ Choma

The Supreme Court refused to hear Donald Trump’s plea to keep his tax returns out of Congress’ hands on Tuesday. This action finally ends the battle Trump began fighting in 2016, even before taking office when he became the first president in modern history to refuse to reveal what was on his tax returns. He argued that he couldn’t because he was under audit—a status that even if it could be confirmed, tax experts said had no bearing on whether he could release them. The fight entered the courts when Democrats took over Congress in 2019, and the House’s Ways and Means Committee, which oversees taxation, requested copies of Trump’s returns and the administration refused to release them.

The committee, chaired by Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.), filed a lawsuit against Trump in July 2019 and has been successful every step of the way. But despite the courts consistently ruling in favor of the release of Trump’s records, the former president’s attorneys were able to drag the fight on for almost three and a half years.

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