US NEWS: Trump is urging the court to block the House from obtaining his tax returns

WASHINGTON, March 24 – The appellate court on Thursday will debate whether a congressional committee could obtain copies of former President Donald Trump’s taxpayer from the US Treasury, the latest in a three-year trial.

The U.S. Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals will hold a verbal debate at 0930 am ET (1330 GMT) over whether the House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee can obtain former presidential tax returns from the Internal Revenue Service, part of the Department of Finance .

The committee’s decision could lead to the exposure of Trump’s financial dealings before the 2024 presidential election.

Trump is appealing a lower court ruling since December 2021 that ruled that the chairman of the Democratic Alliance-led committee has the broader authority to get former tax returns.

Trump was the first president in 40 years to release his tax returns as he aimed to keep secret the details of his wealth and the activities of his family company, the Trump Organization.

Corporate law empowers the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee to request tax refunds of any person to the IRS.

Using that principle, the committee filed a lawsuit in 2019 to force the disclosure of Trump’s tax refund.

The House of Democrats said they needed Trump’s tax returns to see if the IRS was properly investigating presidential re-election forms and assessing whether a new law was needed.

Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online.

In 2019, while Trump was in office, the US Department of Justice issued a legal memorandum in support of his arguments.

But then in July 2021, after Trump lost his re-election campaign, the Department of Justice withdrew its studies and said the House committee had provided “sufficient reasons” to see tax returns.

A Justice Department memorandum has prompted Trump to file a lawsuit against the Committee on Roads and Procedures, demanding a judicial declaration that the committee has violated its constitutional mandate.

U.S. Regional Judge Trevor McFadden, nominated by Trump, sided with Congress in December. McFadden said Trump had “erred in the law” by seeking to prevent the Ways and Means Committee from obtaining his tax returns.

The U.S. Supreme Court last year paved the way for the Manhattan prosecutor to obtain Trump’s tax returns from his accounting firm, but that decision did not directly affect the Ways and Means Committee case.

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