December 2, 2022

DESPERATION: Trump makes LAST DITCH EFFORT to prevent Congress from getting his taxes

DESPERATION: Trump makes LAST DITCH EFFORT to prevent Congress from getting his taxes

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Donald Trump is once again asking his stacked Supreme Court to come to his rescue — this time, regarding his tax returns.

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The court has disappointed him in recent weeks, refusing to intervene on his behalf in the investigation into documents stored at Mar-a-Lago, but he still seems to hold out hope they’ll help him shield tax records from a House Committee.

The House Ways & Means Committee has been seeking tax information for Donald Trump for years, explaining in 2019 that the IRS has a policy of auditing all tax returns of sitting presidents and that the Committee has a responsibility of oversight.

Just days ago, Donald Trump lost again in his second-to-last opportunity to convince a court to intervene on his behalf. The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled against him, affirming that the Committee does have the right to access these records.

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Now, Trump, arguing that the case weighs on the separation of powers and that the Committee’s stated purpose is only a pretext. He claims the real intent of Congress is to release his personal and business financial information to the public.

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From his filing:

“This error will hamstring the President in disputes over any future demands for information. If 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.”

Trump’s tax returns have been a contentious topic since he first declared his intent to run in the 2016 election. While presidential candidates traditionally release a portion of their tax documentation to the public, he initially declined to do so, saying that he was being audited and could not share tax returns until that process was completed.

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When the IRS made it clear to the public that an audit was no barrier to an information release, Trump merely continued to suggest he’d release the information at a later date, which never came. Now, his finances are more a matter of interest than ever, as New York District Attorney Letitia Jackson pursues a case alleging that he falsified property values for personal gain.

Steph Bazzle covers politics and theocracy, always aiming for a world free from extremism and authoritarianism. Follow Steph on Twitter @imjustasteph.

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