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Trump’s Tax Returns Are Temporarily Withheld from Congress by Chief Justice John Roberts

A lower court ruling demanding the release of former President Donald Trump’s tax returns by the Internal Revenue Service to a Democratic-led House committee was agreed to be temporarily put on hold by Chief Justice John Roberts.

The House Ways and Means Committee was supposed to get the tax returns later this week. John Roberts demonstrates that he still controls the Supreme Court by requesting a response by November 10. The “administrative stay” is just temporary and does not always represent how the issue will be resolved in the end. When a deadline looms, this tactic is frequently used to maintain the status quo and buy the justices some extra time.

Recent days have seen a surge of emergency applications relating to Trump, and the justice with authority over the lower courts has chosen to grant such short-term relief. For instance, on October 26, Justice Elena Kagan granted such a stay, temporarily preventing the House Select Committee looking into the attacks of January 6, 2021, from obtaining the phone and text records of Arizona Republican Party Chair Kelli Ward.

On October 24, Justice Clarence Thomas suspended a directive forcing Republican Senator Lindsey Graham to testify before a Georgia grand jury. On October 22, 2022, former president Donald Trump delivers a speech at a rally in Robstown, Texas.

Donald Trump really doesn’t want his tax returns made public for these 5 reasons. Roberts is in charge of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the lower court that handed down the ruling in the Trump IRS case.

The Democratic-led House will have the most direct access to the long-desired tax information thanks to the congressional effort. The IRS initially resisted providing the committee chairman Richard Neal’s tax returns during the Trump administration’s first year in office.

Neal is a Massachusetts Democrat. The lawsuit took a while to develop until 2021 when the Biden administration amended the Justice Department’s legal position and decided the IRS had to abide by the committee’s request. Late last year, a judge chosen by Trump rendered a decision in the House’s favor, and the US DC Circuit Court of Appeals has refused to overturn that decision, most recently by declining to hear the case last week.

After a trip to the Supreme Court in 2020, a second legal action involving the House Oversight Committee’s pursuit of Trump’s tax information from his then-accounting firm was settled earlier this year. Trump claims that the Mazars case from 2020 has been violated by lower courts in order to appeal the disagreement with the Ways and Means Committee to the Supreme Court.

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