Court rules Donald Trump’s tax returns can be obtained by Congress

The DC Circuit of Appeals signed off on a House Ways and Means Committee request to ex-President Donald Trump’s tax returns (Picture: Rex)

A federal appeals court has ruled that lawmakers in the House can have access to former President ’s tax returns.

The DC Circuit of Appeals’ 3-0 on Tuesday grants the House Ways and Means Committee’s request to obtain Trump’s returns from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Judge David Sentelle wrote in the majority opinion that House Democrats’ request for Trump’s returns ‘did not violate separation of powers principles’.

Trump’s concerns about his finances possibly being made public did not outweigh the ask by congressional Democrats, according to Sentelle.

‘This is certainly inconvenient, but not to the extent that it represents an unconstitutional burden violating the separation of powers,’ wrote Sentelle in the 33-page opinion.

‘Congressional investigations sometimes expose the private information of the entities, organizations, and individuals that they investigate. This does not make them overly burdensome. It is the nature of the investigative and legislative processes.’

The ruling comes a day after the in Palm Beach, Florida, reportedly in search of missing classified material. Trump on Monday evening stated that his home was ‘under siege, raided, and occupied by a large group of FBI agents’ who ‘even broke into my safe’.

‘Nothing like this has ever happened to a President of the United States before,’ Trump stated.

‘It is prosecutorial misconduct, the weaponization of the Justice System, and an attack by Radical Left Democrats who desperately don’t want me to run for President in 2024.’

Trump did not immediately comment on the appeals court’s ruling in his tax returns case.

House Democrats first requested Trump’s returns in 2019, citing a federal law allowing some congressional committees to request private tax information from the IRS. After the Trump administration refused the request, Democrats brought the federal court into the matter.

A judge appointed by Trump declined to make a ruling on the case, but the Treasury Department pursued the matter after Joe Biden became president.

‘We expect to receive the requested tax returns and audit files immediately,’ Democrats on the Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday.

The appeals court said the judgement would be issued in seven days, which gives Trump time to appeal the decision.

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