Trump asks Supreme Court to block House Democrats from getting tax returns

Former President Trump on Monday filed an emergency application asking the Supreme Court to temporarily block a House committee from obtaining his tax returns.

The big picture: Trump has been fighting for years to block the release of his tax returns to the House Ways and Means Committee.

  • His request comes after a federal appeals court last week declined the former president’s request to block the release of his tax returns, CNN reports.

Driving the news: “This case raises important questions about the separation of powers that will affect every future President,” Trump said in the filing.

  • The filing argues that the House committee is seeking his tax returns solely for the purpose of “releasing the President’s tax information to the public.”
  • “The Committee’s purpose in requesting President Trump’s tax returns has nothing to do with funding or staffing issues at the [Internal Revenue Service],” per the filing.
  • “No Congress has ever wielded its legislative powers to demand a President’s tax returns,” Trump’s team wrote.
  • Trump asked the court to “grant an administrative stay” on the tax returns by Wednesday “and then to stay the issuance of the mandate pending the filing and disposition of a petition for writ of certiorari,” per the filing.

What to watch: If Republicans win control of the House in next week’s midterm elections, they could scrap the Ways and Means Committee’s yearslong effort to obtain Trump’s tax returns, CNBC notes.

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