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Supreme Court Temporarily Blocks Release of Trumps Taxes

The Supreme Court temporarily stopped a lower court order requiring President Donald Trump to turn over his tax returns to House Democrats amid their impeachment inquiry.

The lower court ordered Trumps accounting firm, Mazars USA, to turn over his financial records.

The Supreme Court now will decide whether to take up Trumps appeal.

“It is ordered that the mandate of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, case No. 19-5142, is hereby stayed pending receipt of a response, due on or before Thursday, November 21, 2019, by 3 p.m. ET, and further order of the undersigned or of the Court,” Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts wrote (pdf).

The president has requested that the Supreme Court protect his financial records from the House and the Manhattan district attorneys office.

Lawyers for House Democrats on Nov. 18, before the Supreme Court issued the stay, told the court they wouldnt oppose Trumps request for an administrative stay, The Hill reported, adding that they would agree to a 10-day halt.

Trumps lawyers have argued that the House Oversight Committee has no legitimate reason to seek the documents.

A view of the Supreme Court in Washington on Nov. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

“For the first time in our nations history, Congress has subpoenaed the personal records of a sitting president from before he was in office,” Jay Sekulow, one of the presidents personal attorneys, previously said in a statement. “And, for the first time in our nations history, a court upheld a congressional subpoena to the president for his personal papers. Those decisions are wrong and should be reversed.”

Trumps attorneys submitted a petition last week to the court to overturn a ruling in a New York court requiring his accountants to turn over tax returns to the Manhattan district attorneys office. The justices havent said whether they would consider the appeal.

“We have filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court seeking to overturn the SeRead More – Source

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