Trump asks Supreme Court to block House Dems 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.