The U.S. Supreme Court, and Chief Justice John Roberts in particular, temporarily blocked vengeful House Democrats from acquiring former President Donald Trump’s tax returns.
Roberts put the hold on the handing over of the documents to a congressional committee to give the high court time to examine the issues involving the former president’s emergency appeal.
If the court had not intervened, the Treasury Department could have handed over Trump’s tax returns to Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee before the end of the week.
It was just Monday when the former president’s legal team requested intervention in the release of his tax records. The committee first asked for six years of returns in 2019.
The chief justice further requested that the committee respond to the order to stay the release by noon on Thursday, Nov. 10.
John Roberts has granted a temporary "administrative" stay in Trump's bid to stop a House committee from obtaining his tax returns. This is not a ruling on the merits of Trump's request; it merely keeps the lower-court ruling on hold while SCOTUS considers the request. https://t.co/7WrSBrZlFh pic.twitter.com/CVweLTl9S0
— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) November 1, 2022
President Joe Biden’s Justice Department said last year that Congress should be able to review the documents. This led to an appeal by Trump’s legal team.
The winding process continued last December when U.S. District Judge Trevor McFadden ruled that the Treasury Department should release the records to the House committee. In August a three-judge panel on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with McFadden’s decision.
And just last week, the full bench of the D.C. Circuit Court decided against Trump’s request to block their release.
One of the ringleaders of the former president’s political persecution, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA), stated last week that Trump has merely “tried to delay the inevitable.”
He further declared that House Democrats have “waiting long enough” and must begin their oversight as soon as possible.
Inflation is far from being under control, the border is virtually wide open, crime is raging through our cities and there is still war in Europe.
But Democrats have a singular focus on the former president, which makes it even more likely that they will get what’s coming in less than a week. The American public knows a distraction when they see one, especially with the last presidential election almost two years in the past.