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US Supreme Court allows transfer of Trump’s tax returns to Congress

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Another setback for Donald Trump. After the disavowal during the mid-term elections in the United States, the former tenant of the White House this time saw the American Supreme Court authorize the transfer of his tax returns to Congress.

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The highest court across the Atlantic has rejected Donald Trump’s final appeal, thus authorizing the Treasury Department to hand over six years (from 2015 to 2020) of the billionaire’s tax documents to the House of Representatives Committee, which will claims since 2019.

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The debate over whether Congress can obtain the former Republican president’s tax returns dates back to 2016 when he refused to release them. Even as all White House tenants (and presidential candidates) have been doing it since the 1970s.

A conservative Supreme Court

The disgrace is all the stronger for Donald Trump, who in recent years had ensured a conservative majority on the Supreme Court by appointing three judges. In addition to reconsidering the federal right to abortion, the court also chained favorable decisions for the former president: preventing the obtaining of certain financial records, appointment of a “special judge” to examine the government documents seized at Mar-a-Lago…

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And while the brief court order is unsigned and notes no dissent, it does signify an unexplained twist that emerged days ago. The “New York Times” recalls in particular that three judges, including two appointed by Trump, ruled against him on Tuesday in the case of the documents seized by the FBI at his home in Mar-a-Lago.

The former president, who announced his candidacy for 2024, had nevertheless made every effort to delay the legal deadlines and avoid this transfer of documents. He thus hoped that the House of Representatives would abandon his request in January, when the Republicans take control.

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Several charges of tax evasion

On the Democratic side, we welcome this decision, which puts an end to a “legal charade”. In the “New York Times”, the Democratic Congressman of New Jersey, Bill Pascrell, savors: ‘It’s been 1,329 days since our committee requested Donald Trump’s tax returns – almost as long as the American Civil War’he said in a statement. “And for 1,329 days, our request made under the law has been delayed, obscured and blocked by Donald Trump and his adjutants in government and the courts. »

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While MPs have yet to decide whether they will release the documents, they will help address the former president’s allegations of tax evasion. Last September, the New York State Attorney General sued Donald Trump and three of his children for malfeasance to pay less taxes.

The “New York Times” also revealed in 2020 that Donald Trump had not paid federal income tax for 11 of the 18 years that the daily examined and that he reduced his tax bill with questionable measures. The decision of the Supreme Court therefore poses an additional threat on the shoulders of the former president who remains silent.

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