The Supreme Court has granted President Trump’s request to block the release of his tax records to the House Oversight Committee, which had subpoenaed a New York accounting firm for the documents.
The hold will allow Trump’s lawyers to file an appeal.
JUST IN: The Supreme Court has granted President Trump's request to block the release of his tax records to the House Oversight Committee, which had subpoenaed a New York accounting firm for the documents.
The hold will allow Trump's lawyers to file an appeal.
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More BREAKING: The Supreme Court on Monday blocked House Democrats from gaining immediate access to Donald Trump’s financial records. Trump’s lawyers now have until Dec. 5 to file a formal petition for a hearing on the case. pic.twitter.com/A3lP61OLi9
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Per CNN, the House of Representatives will not get President Donald Trump’s financial records for now, the Supreme Court said on Monday.
The ruling is a win for Trump, who is fighting on several fronts to shield the records from becoming public.
In a brief order, the court granted thePresident’s emergency request to block a subpoena from House Democrats to his long-time accounting firm from moving forward. There were no noted dissents.
Chief Justice John Roberts and the other eight justices will now have to decide whether to hear the merits in a thorny dilemma that would require them to determine the extent of Congress’ oversight authority. This first major separation-of-powers test of the high court, as other potential impeachment-related issues head its way, offers a challenge to a chief justice who has tried to protect the judiciary from the politicking of the day.
Axios reports the Supreme Court on Monday granted an emergency stay blocking Congress from enforcing a subpoena for President Trump’s financial records, which a lower court had upheld in October.
Why it matters: The court didn’t explain its reasoning, but the decision makes it likely that it will take up the case. For now, Trump’s longtime accounting firm Mazars USA will not be forced to turn over Trump’s tax returns to House Democrats investigating the president.