Democrats have worked tirelessly to go after anyone associated with former President Donald Trump, but the situation took an even worse turn this week as a Trump-appointed federal judge issued a shocking decision regarding the former president’s finances.
According to the Washington Examiner, Judge Trevor McFadden of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled against the president who appointed him to the bench, rejecting Trump’s request that his tax returns be blocked from being sent to a special congressional committee that had requested them.
McFadden dismissed the request in a 45-page ruling, writing, “Even the special solicitude accorded former Presidents does not alter the outcome,” adding, “The Court will therefore dismiss this case.”
What’s going on?
Trump’s tax returns have been a long-sought-after set of documents requested by the House Ways and Means Committee, and the situation has involved numerous legal battles on both sides with regard to obtaining the documents and requesting they be blocked.
Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA), chairman of the committee, had sued for the documents in 2019, and then once again when Trump left office earlier this year.
The chairman argued that the former president’s tax returns are necessary in order to “reform” the IRS program that audits presidential tax returns, although in reality, it’s yet another opportunity for Dems to find something amiss in his returns that they can use to further undermine him, especially ahead of the 2022 midterms.
Will they make them public?
Though Judge McFadden rejected Trump’s request to shield the returns from Congress, he discouraged Neal and other committee members from making the returns public, which is yet to be seen, but certainly wouldn’t be a surprise if they did so.
“Anyone can see that publishing confidential tax information of a political rival is the type of move that will return to plague the inventor,” McFadden wrote.
The judge added: “It might not be right or wise to publish the returns, but it is the Chairman’s right to do so. Congress has granted him this extraordinary power, and courts are loath to second guess congressional motives or duly enacted statutes. The Court will not do so here and thus must dismiss this case.”
What happens next?
It’s unclear what Democrats and the Biden administration will do at this point, but Judge McFadden added in his ruling a 14-day stay that allows the two parties to come to an agreement on how to manage the tax records.
The judge added that if the parties can’t come to an agreement within that timeframe, Trump’s legal team will have the opportunity to seek appeals relief in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, Politico reported.
Only time will tell what ultimately happens as a result of Congress obtaining the records, but don’t be surprised if within the coming weeks that his returns are “leaked” to the left-leaning media for what will surely make for days of breaking news hit pieces against the former president.