Chief Justice Roberts delays Trump tax record reveal

November 18, 2019

Chief Justice John Roberts has denied the Democrats their long-sought object – President Trump’s tax returns.

Robert’s issued a court order on Monday that placed an indefinite delay on the House Democrats’ demand for Trump’s financial records.

The decision is a win for Trump, and a humiliating black eye for his enemies in the House.

AP reports:

Roberts’ order Monday contains no hint about what the court ultimately will do.

The court’s hold could last a matter of days or weeks, if the court is willing to let an appeals court ruling in favor of the House remain in place without granting full review of the case. But the delay could extend for months if the justices decide they need to hear arguments and issue a written opinion.

This isn’t just about Trump’s records. It’s also about the privacy of American citizens.

As Robert Wood explains:

Scuffles over President Trump’s tax returns are hardly new, although the stakes and the forum may be changing. Anyone else would surely have handed them over before the 2016 election. But at this point, the President should arguably keep them private until the courts order otherwise. His administration may well help him do that. It is not surprising that the President’s tax advisers are telling him to sit tight. In fact, as a lawyer for clients with tax problems, it hard for me to conjure up a tax reason for the President to reveal his returns for dissection. Of course, this isn’t really about taxes. But political considerations may well cut the same way.

Trump hasn’t broken any laws, but it’s unlikely that he’s been generous to the IRS. Why would he be?

Trump, like any American citizen, has the duty to pay what tax he’s legally required to. No more, no less.

Read the whole story here.

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