Judge: Trump's tax returns can be released to Congress
A federal judge ruled Tuesday that former President Trump cannot shield his tax returns from congressional Democrats.
- The committee has said it plans to use Trump's tax returns to assess the IRS’ presidential audit program, though Trump claims it actually wants to publish them.
What he's saying: "It might not be right or wise to publish the returns, but it is the [committee] Chairman’s right to do so," wrote Judge Trevor McFadden, a Trump-nominated judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
- "Congress has granted him this extraordinary power, and courts are loath to second guess congressional motives or duly enacted statutes."
- "Even the special solicitude accorded former Presidents does not alter the outcome," McFadden wrote in the 45-page ruling.
Worth noting: The Justice Department told the Treasury Department in July that it "must" release Trump's tax returns to the committee, which it said has a "legitimate legislative purpose."
What's next: Trump has 14 days to appeal the decision.