Former President Trump’s obligation to provide his tax returns to Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee was temporarily overturned when Chief Justice John Roberts of the Supreme Court granted a stay.
Trump and his legal team submitted a petition to the Supreme Court on Monday seeking it to prevent the publishing of his tax returns.
Trump’s tax returns were initially requested for six years by the House Ways and Means Committee in 2019.
According to Roberts’ ruling, the committee must reply by noon on Thursday, Nov. 10, “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.”
John Roberts has granted a temporary "administrative" stay in Trump's bid to stop a House committee from obtaining his tax returns. This is not a ruling on the merits of Trump's request; it merely keeps the lower-court ruling on hold while SCOTUS considers the request. https://t.co/7WrSBrZlFh pic.twitter.com/CVweLTl9S0— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) November 1, 2022
Former President Trump and his legal team have appealed the Justice Department’s 2021 decision to provide Congress access to the information.
A three-judge panel on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals upheld US District Judge Trevor McFadden’s December 2017 decision that the Treasury Department should provide the congressional committee with the tax returns.
Last Monday, the DC Circuit Court’s full bench rejected Trump’s motion to halt the distribution.
Former President Donald Trump has attempted to put off the inevitable, according to House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, a Massachusetts Democrat.
Neal said in a statement, “We’ve waited long enough—we must begin our oversight of the IRS’s mandatory presidential audit program as soon as possible.”