Supreme Court temporarily blocks release of Trump tax returns
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Supreme Court temporarily blocks release of Trump tax returns

The US Supreme Court on Monday granted a request from the Trump administration to stay a court order requiring the president’s tax returns be turned over to the US House Committee on Oversight and Reform. Written by Chief Justice Roberts, the stay is in effect until “further ordered,” giving the court more time to consider whether to hear the case.

The stay arises from an April suit, where President Donald Trump tried to block a subpoena from the House Oversight Committee requesting his financial records from his accounting firm, Mazars USA. The US District Court of the District of Columbia granted summary judgment, allowing the subpoena to commence. In response, the Trump administration appealed, but the judgement was later affirmed by the US Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia Circuit.

The Trump administration petitioned for rehearing en banc, but the appeals court denied the request on Thursday. The Trump administration then filed an emergency appeal with the Supreme Court, resulting in the court’s recent order granting a stay on compulsion of the House Oversight Committee’s subpoena. According to the order, the House has until Thursday to respond.

Additionally, the Supreme Court has a separate request from the Trump administration to block a subpoena from a New York prosecutor also requesting Trump’s tax returns. The court has yet to issue an order regarding this separate appeal.