The appeals court clears the way for the IRS to release Trump’s tax returns to the House committee



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The House Ways and Means Committee is set to receive former President Donald Trump’s tax returns in a week after a federal appeals court on Thursday denied Trump’s request to delay the release.

The Supreme Court could still intervene if Trump appeals.

A three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals decided they will not put the release of the former president’s tax returns on hold after the full appeals court denied Trump’s request that they review an earlier ruling that allowed the release of the tax returns.

The case is one of several long-running lawsuits in which the Democratic-led House is trying to gain access to years of financial records related to Trump, particularly his tax returns.

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

Committee Chairman, Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Richard Neal, said in a statement that Trump “tried to delay the inevitable, but once again the court has confirmed the strength of our position.”

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

In August, a three-judge panel of the DC Circuit Court of Appeals signed off on the committee’s request to obtain Trump’s tax returns from the IRS. Trump later appealed to the full D.C. Circuit, saying the court had made “several errors” in ruling in favor of the House.

“The decision here will check future disputes between Congress and the executive branch — including those of sitting presidents — almost all of which arise in this circuit,” Trump said.

After Thursday’s DC 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 down legal norms surrounding the presidency.

“What’s really important is that this is a gradual reduction of this kind of no-fly zone that has developed around the presidency,” Wu said. “Congress can strengthen its oversight if the courts say, ‘yes, that’s legitimate oversight.’ And that actually gives the Supreme Court a chance to rebalance things here.”

This story has been updated with additional details.

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