The US House Ways and Means Committee and the US Department of Justice’s Solicitor General Thursday urged the US Supreme Court to reject former President Donald Trump’s request to block the committee from accessing his tax records. On November 1, Chief Justice Roberts stayed an appeals court ruling, temporarily halting a lower court decision ordering the delivery of Trump’s tax returns to the committee.
In new filings, the committee claims it requested Trump’s tax returns under 26 USC § 6103(f) as a part of their investigation into the need for “legislation on equitable tax administration, including legislation on the President’s tax compliance,” and their request “plainly serves valid Article I purposes.”
In a separate filing, US Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar also requested the court reject Trump’s appeal. Writing on behalf of the Department of Treasury, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Secretary of the Treasury, and Commissioner of the IRS, Prelogar said, “the particular circumstances of this case [do] not warrant further review.”
When Trump objected to the request in a district court, the court found in favor of the committee. The Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit then upheld the district court decision in favor of the committee. Trump then filed an emergency request to the US Supreme Court. Roberts stayed the lower court decisions and asked the committee to file a response. Thursday’s filings reflect that response.