Appeals court clears way for IRS to hand over Trump tax returns to House committee



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The House Ways and Means Committee will receive former President Donald Trump’s IRS tax returns within a week after a federal appeals court on Thursday denied Trump’s request to stop the release.

The Supreme Court could still intervene if Trump appeals.

A three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals decided not to overturn the release of the former president’s tax returns after the full appeals court rejected Trump’s request to review the earlier decision to release the returns.

The case is one of a long-running lawsuit in which the Democratic-led House is trying to obtain years of financial records related to Trump, particularly his tax returns.

Attorneys for Trump, who is handling the case, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Committee chairman Richard Neal, a Massachusetts Democrat, said Trump “tried to delay the inevitable, but once again, the Court has reaffirmed the strength of our position.”

“We’ve waited long enough – we need to begin the IRS’s mandatory presidential audit program oversight program as soon as possible,” Neal added.

In August, three judges of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals signed off on the commission’s request to obtain Trump’s tax returns from the IRS. Trump later appealed to the full D.C. Circuit, saying the court “made several mistakes” in ruling in favor of the House.

“The decision here will control almost all future conflicts between Congress and the Executive — including those of sitting presidents — that arise in this circuit,” Trump said.

Following Thursday’s D.C. Circuit decision, former federal prosecutor and CNN legal analyst Shan Wu told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on “The Situation Room” that the ruling is significant because it breaks legal rules surrounding the presidency.

“It’s really meaningful to gradually reduce this kind of no-fly zone that has developed around the presidency,” Wu said. “Congress can strengthen its oversight capacity if the courts say, ‘yes, this is legal oversight.'” And, in fact, it offers the Supreme Court the opportunity to readjust things here.”

This story has been updated with additional details.