The US Supreme Court has blocked the release of former US President Donald Trump’s tax returns to a parliamentary committee. At Trump’s request, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts ordered the IRS to temporarily hold off on releasing the documents on Tuesday. The parliamentary committee can comment on the decision till November 10.
The debate over publishing the documents goes back several years. US presidential candidates usually release their tax returns. But Trump has consistently opposed it throughout his campaign and tenure. That led to a years-long battle between Republicans and Democrats, who accuse him of cheating and therefore want to see his tax returns.
An appeals court in Washington appeared to clear the way for acquittal earlier this week. However, Trump’s lawyers filed an emergency motion with the Supreme Court on Monday to block that.
A new US House of Representatives will be elected next week. If Republicans win a majority, Trump may be hoping that the executive committee under new leadership will waive the request for access to the documents. The new Congress will convene in January 2023.