Donald Trump always seems to wiggle his way into whatever he wants. But this time takes the cake. On Monday the former President requested that the US Supreme Court hold off on mandating the submission of his tax records so that he could file a formal appeal.
Do you have to guess what the answer even is? In case you’re still on doubt the answer was yes.
Chief Justice John Roberts agreed to temporarily put on hold a lower court order requiring the release of former President Donald Trump’s tax returns by the Internal Revenue Service to a Democratic-led House committee.
Roberts requested a response from Trump’s team by Nov. 10. He [Roberts] supervises the lower court that issued the order in the Trump IRS case, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
The committee chairman Richard Neal, a Massachusetts Democrat, first sought the tax returns from the IRS in 2019, and the IRS, under the Trump administration, initially ignored the request to submit the records. Nevertheless, the case moved slowly until 2021, when, under the Biden administration, the Justice Department changed its legal posture and concluded the IRS was obligated to comply with the committee’s request.
Finally, a separate legal case concerning the House Oversight Committee’s pursuit of Donald Trump tax information from his then-accounting firm ended in a settlement earlier this year, after a trip to the Supreme Court in 2020. Regardless, in bringing the dispute with the Ways and Means committee to the Supreme Court, Trump is arguing that lower courts have run afoul of that 2020 case, known as Mazars.