Supreme Court Approves Congressional Retrieval of Trump’s Tax Returns

After a three-year legal battle, the Supreme Court permitted Trump’s tax returns to be handed over to the House Ways and Means Committee, with no known dissents. In January, the court did not prohibit the National Archives from giving documents to the House investigations surrounding January 6. At the time, Justice Clarence Thomas was the only member of the court to vote in Trump’s favor. The Treasury Department previously refused to release Trump’s tax returns during his presidency, but lower courts claimed the House committee had the authority to review the documents.

From Associated Press:

Chief Justice John Roberts imposed a temporary freeze on Nov. 1 to allow the court to weigh the legal issues raised by Trump’s lawyers and the counter arguments of the administration and the House of Representatives.

Just over three weeks later, the court lifted Roberts’ order without comment.

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The Justice Department under the Trump administration had defended a decision by then-Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to withhold the tax returns from Congress. Mnuchin argued that he could withhold the documents because he concluded they were being sought by Democrats for partisan reasons. A lawsuit ensued.

After President Joe Biden took office, the committee renewed the request, seeking Trump’s tax returns and additional information from 2015-2020. The White House took the position that the request was a valid one and that the Treasury Department had no choice but to comply. Trump then attempted to halt the handover in court.