Donald Trump’s tax returns have been ordered by the US Supreme Court to be turned over to House Democrats, ending a lengthy legal challenge filed by the former president, and Trump is not happy.
In a post on Truth Social, Trump called the decision “unprecedented” and said it “creates [a] terrible precedent for future presidents.”
“Why would anyone be surprised that the Supreme Court ruled against me, they always do! It is unprecedented to file tax returns, and creates [a] terrible precedent for future presidents.” trump wrote in a couple of posts.
“The Supreme Court has lost its honor, prestige and position, and has become nothing more than a political body, with our Country paying the price. They refused to even look at the 2020 election hoax. Shame on them! he added, including a rhetorical question about whether President Biden and his son Hunter Biden would undergo the same treatment.
In a subsequent post, Trump called the high court’s ruling “ridiculous.”
In the Supreme Court, the President of the USA has no “position” on his own choice, how ridiculous?” he wrote.
For years, House Democrats have sought Trump’s tax records to investigate possible tax fraud or other wrongdoing by him or the Trump organization.
A Democratic-controlled House Ways and Means Committee, led by Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., first requested six years of Trump’s tax returns in 2019. This effort was quickly blocked by the Trump administration. , since he was still president at the time.
The Trump administration’s Treasury Department refused to hand over the records, but after President Biden the White House won, the new Justice Department reversed the previous administration’s decision.
In 2021, Biden’s DOJ said Congress should be allowed to review Trump’s tax returns.
Trump and his legal team immediately sued to block the Treasury Department from releasing the records and asked the supreme court to intervene, stimulating the legal fight.
Lower courts had sided with the House committee, but Chief Justice John Roberts granted a stay in October, preventing the Treasury Department from turning over the records until the Supreme Court could rule on the legality of the record. case.
On Tuesday, Roberts denied Trump’s request and reversed his earlier block.
“The request for suspension of the mandate presented to the President of the Supreme Court and by him referred to the Court is denied,” said a Supreme Court ruling. “The order issued so far by the President of the Supreme Court is annulled.”
The process for the release of the records comes after Republicans won a majority of seats in the House of Representatives, granting them the power to elect majorities in each committee.
It’s not immediately clear if Republicans, when they take control of the House in January 2023, intend to continue digging into tax records.
Some Republicans have called for an investigation into the business dealings of Biden and his son when they take office in the House.