The political persecution of Trump continues.
Just one day after the FBI raided Trump’s Florida residence, a court ruled that the former president’s tax returns must be released to the House Ways and Means Committee.
A panel for the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled 3-0 on Monday, upholding a prior decision by a federal judge.
Trump will likely take this fight to the Supreme Court.
Former President Donald Trump’s tax returns must be turned over to the House Ways and Means Committee, a federal appeals court panel said in a ruling Tuesday.
The 3-0 decision is the latest legal blow to Trump, who has repeatedly lost efforts in federal and state courts to shield his tax returns and business-related documents from various investigations.
The appeals panel said the House committee had the right under the law to obtain Trump’s tax records from the U.S. Treasury Department.
The decision upholds a prior decision, by a federal district court judge, which was issued in December.
Last December US District Judge of the US District Court for the District of Columbia, Trevor McFadden, a Trump appointee, dismissed Trump’s case to keep the Treasury from giving his tax returns to the House Committee on Ways and Means.
Judge McFadden said even if Trump is right on the facts. he is wrong on the law.
“A long line of Supreme Court cases requires great deference to facially valid congressional inquiries. Even the special solicitude accorded former President does not alter the outcome. The Court will therefore dismiss the case,” the judge said in a 45-page memorandum.
Judge McFadden told House Ways and Means Committee Chair, Rep. Neal that it would not be wise to make Trump’ tax returns public.
“Anyone can see that publishing confidential tax information of a political rival is the type of move that will return to plague the inventor,” the judge wrote. “It might not be right or wise to publish the returns, but it is the Chairman’s right to do so. Congress has granted him this extraordinary power, and courts are loath to second guess congressional motives or duly enacted statutes. The Court will not do so here and thus must dismiss this case.”
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