Court rejects Trump’s attempt to keep tax returns from the congressional Dems

Fox News reports that a federal court has just rejected former President Donald Trump’s attempt to prevent Congressional Democrats from getting their hands on his tax returns. 

This particular battle goes back to 2019 when the Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee asked Trump to turn over six years’ worth of his tax returns. That request was denied by Steven Mnuchin, who, at the time, was the Secretary of the Treasury.

Things changed, however, when Joe Biden became president. Subsequently, in July 2021, the Department of Justice decided that Congress – specifically the Ways and Means Committee – should be able to view the tax returns.

This is what led to the legal battle between Trump and the Committee, which continues to this day.

The case history, including the latest decision

Trump responded by legally appealing the Department of Justice’s decision – that the committee ought to be able to review his tax returns – and the case, last December, ended up before U.S. District Judge Trevor McFadden.

McFadden ruled against Trump, telling the Treasury Department to hand Trump’s tax returns over to the Democrats on the Ways and Means Committee.

This ruling was subsequently okayed by a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in August, which led to Trump asking the entire D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to review the decision of the three-judge panel.

On Thursday, the court refused to grant Trump’s request for a review, paving the way for the Treasury Department to finally hand Trump’s tax returns over to the Democrats on the Ways and Means Committee.

What now?

The Democrats on the Ways and Means Committee are celebrating the court’s decision.

“We’ve waited long enough—we must begin our oversight of the IRS’s mandatory presidential audit program as soon as possible,” committee Chairman Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA) said.

Trump’s last resort here is the U.S. Supreme Court. Trump can appeal the matter to the High Court, but it remains to be seen whether or not he will do so.

Trump has yet to comment on the most recent decision from the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. But, there is little doubt that he sees this whole situation as a continuation of the Democrats’ “witch hunt.”

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