Former President Donald Trump expressed his disappointment and frustration with the U.S. Supreme Court following their ruling that he must turn over tax records and certain business documents to a House committee.
For several years, the Democrat-controlled House Ways and Means Committee has attempted to force Trump to produce the records.
The Supreme Court’s ruling apparently brings the multiyear legal battle between Trump’s attorneys and the House to a close.
Noting his frustration, Trump posted to his Truth Social platform:
“Why would anybody be surprised that the Supreme Court has ruled against me, they always do! It is unprecedented to be handing over Tax Returns, & it creates terrible precedent for future Presidents. Has Joe Biden paid taxes on all of the money he made illegally from Hunter & beyond?”
Trump’s hesitancy to produce tax records precede his presidency. During the 2016 campaign, he argued he could not release his returns because they were under audit by the IRS.
House Democrats have pressed for access to Trump’s personal and business records, “arguing they need to probe how the IRS conducts its routine presidential audits,” according to the Washington Examiner. Trump has refused repeated demands, saying that the request is unprecedented and partisan.
On Wednesday, Trump posted: “The Supreme Court has lost its honor, prestige, and standing, & has become nothing more than a political body, with our Country paying the price. They refused to even look at the Election Hoax of 2020. Shame on them!”
Expounding on Trump’s statement, The Hill reported that in December 2020, the Supreme Court rejected a motion to nullify Biden’s wins in Wisconsin, Michigan, Georgia and Pennsylvania.
Citing voter fraud and election irregularities, the motion was led by Texas and supported by 126 House Republicans and 18 GOP state attorneys general.
Following that decision, the Court rejected a request from Republicans to nullify Biden’s victory in Pennsylvania.
The Court’s recent ruling against Trump mandates he turn over six years of tax returns and a number of business-related documents.
At this time, it is unclear when Trump must comply with the order.
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