Democrats in Congress will have to wait a little bit longer to view former President Donald Trump’s tax returns.
Tuesday saw the suspension of an appeals court decision that would have granted access to Trump’s taxes to the Democrat-controlled House Ways and Means Committee by Chief Justice John Roberts of the U.S. Supreme Court.
According to Axios, Democrats, who have been requesting access to the records, could have gotten them as early as Thursday.
The court now has additional time to evaluate the emergency appeal Trump’s attorneys filed on Monday, but the order does not necessarily guarantee that Trump will win his case.
Roberts is the justice tasked with hearing cases from the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, as reported by The Washington Post.
As the Post also emphasized, “time is not on the side of Democrats who run the committee. If the party loses control in next week’s midterm elections, as polling suggests, demand for the records surely will expire in January, when the new Congress is sworn in and control of the committee would change hands.”
The issue “raises important questions about the separation of powers that will affect every future President,” according to Trump’s attorneys, who stated this in the emergency appeal they submitted to the court.
The appeal ridiculed the House panel’s justification for requesting the returns, which was to gain more insight into the auditing processes for presidents’ and vice presidents’ returns.
The appeal stated that “The Committee’s purpose in requesting President Trump’s tax returns has nothing to do with funding or staffing issues at the IRS and everything to do with releasing the President’s tax information to the public.”
According to the appeal, if the appellate court’s decision to rule against Trump is “allowed to stand, it will undermine the separation of powers and render the office of the Presidency vulnerable to invasive information demands from political opponents in the legislative branch.”
The appeal repeatedly criticized the political motivations behind congressional Democrats’ attention to Trump’s taxes.
More on this story via The Western Journal:
“Democrats made a national issue out of President Trump’s tax returns in the 2016 election. And for the two years before he became Chairman of the Ways & Means Committee, then-Ranking Member [Richard] Neal sought to expose President Trump’s tax returns to the public, without offering any legislative purpose,” the appeal said.
“To the contrary, he openly stated that he wanted to disclose the tax returns to enable ‘the media to sift and sort’ them and so the public could see ‘whether he uses tax shelters, loopholes, or other special-interest provisions to his advantage.’”
The appeal said the pretext used by Democrats was flawed. CONTINUE READING…