Appeals Court Rules Congress Has Right To Trump’s Taxes, Setting Up Supreme Court Fight
A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday allowed lawmakers to see eight years of President Donald Trump‘s tax returns, thus dealing Trump and his attorneys another loss.
The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals stated that eight members of an 11-judge panel denied Trump’s appeal, the second time this has happened over the last month. One of the judges was appointed by former President George W. Bush, while the other seven were appointed by Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. The court had previously ruled that Trump’s accounting firm Mazars USA is required to cooperate with a congressional subpoena of his tax records, which means House Democrats leading impeachment inquiries into Trump are one step closer to seeing his taxes.
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Trump loses his bid for panel reconsideration and rehearing en banc in his lawsuit to prevent Mazars from releasing his tax returns.
Next stop: Trump will petition SCOTUS to hear his case. To be clear, SCOTUS does not have to take the case. https://t.co/F73ABLAnhu
— Katie Phang (@KatiePhang) November 13, 2019
House Democrats will likely need to wait a while to see Trump’s taxes, as the D.C. court had previously said the president had seven days to file an appeal.
Trump and his legal team are reportedly expected to take the case surrounding Trump’s personal and corporate taxes to the Supreme Court. Trump’s lawyers had previously said they also plan to bring a separate case involving New York’s demand for his tax returns to the Supreme Court after a Manhattan grand jury issued a subpoena for copies of the president’s taxes and financial documents. The deadline for Trump to block this subpoena is on Thursday. A third case, also in New York, centers on Trump’s state taxes. Trump’s attorneys requested a two-week buffer period in this case should Congress demand to see the president’s New York state taxes, according to a filing from Wednesday.
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