Judge Dismisses Trump Lawsuit to Block Income Taxes From Being Released to Congress

A United States federal judge on Dec. 14 dismissed former President Donald Trump’s lawsuit seeking to block his tax returns from being released to a House committee.

U.S. District Judge Trevor McFadden ruled that Trump was “wrong on the law” as “a long line of Supreme Court cases requires great deference to facially valid congressional inquiries.”

However, McFadden, a Trump appointee, put his ruling on hold for 14 days to give Trump time to appeal it.

The decision stems from a case initially brought by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, who has been seeking Trump’s tax returns since April 2019.

Neal renewed his request earlier this year when Trump left office, saying that the committee wanted the information for a potential reform of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) program that automatically audits every president’s tax returns.

In a statement on Dec. 14, Neal said that the ruling was “no surprise” as “the law is clearly on the Committee’s side.”

“I am pleased that we’re now one step closer to being able to conduct more thorough oversight of the IRS’s mandatory presidential audit program,” Neal further said.

However, McFadden warned that making the returns public “might not be right or wise,” even if he said Neal had the authority to do so.

“Anyone can see that publishing confidential tax information of a political rival is the type of move that will return to plague the inventor,” McFadden wrote.


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