US appeals court in DC won’t review Trump’s bid to block tax records

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A federal court on Thursday cleared the way for Donald Trump’s records to be turned over to Democratic lawmakers.

The full U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit declined to reconsider in August Judgment of three judges It gave the House committee access to Trump’s tax returns from 2015 to 2020. The former president can still challenge the decision in the US Supreme Court, but an appeals court rejected Trump’s request to automatically release the records pending that challenge.

House Ways & Means Committee 2019 sought registrations, they said they would announce legislation to improve the way presidents are audited by the Internal Revenue Service. Under Trump, the Treasury Department refused to deliver documents; Under President Biden, Trump Sued The agency should be prohibited from doing so. He argued that the true motive of lawmakers was political. But the appeals panel agreed with the lower court that lawmakers have a “legitimate legislative purpose” in examining records to assess whether the current audit system is adequate.

“It is not our place to delve deeper than this,” the appeals panel wrote. “At no point is it possible that individual members of Congress may have political motives and legislative motivations.”

The court’s original order had said that the order for release of returns would be issued a week after all issues were resolved.

The chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Richard E. Neill (D-Mass.), said in a statement, “The law is always on our side.”

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“Former President Trump tried to delay the inevitable, but once again, the court has confirmed the strength of our position,” the statement said. “We’ve waited too long — we’ll have to track down the IRS’s mandated presidential audit program soon.”

Trump broke with other major presidential candidates by refusing to release his tax returns during the campaign and has refused to release them while in office. exemption Thane of trading stocks that profited from both Central government And foreign powers. In a separate case, the House Oversight Committee also requested financial records from Trump’s accounting firm He made a deal The material should be delivered in September.

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