Wednesday, December 15, 2021

FAKE INQUIRIES AND POLITICAL PERSECUTION: Federal Judge Throws Out Trump's Lawsuit to Withhold His Taxes From Congress

Source: CBS News

Published: December 15, 2021

By: Robert Legare

A federal judge on Tuesday threw out a lawsuit filed by former President Donald Trump, who was trying to block the release of his tax records to Congress. In his ruling, Judge Trevor McFadden deferred to the need for Congress to carry out "facially valid inquiries."

"A long line of Supreme Court cases requires great deference to facially valid congressional inquiries," wrote McFadden. "Even the special solicitude accorded former Presidents does not alter the outcome. The Court will therefore dismiss this case." 

The lawsuit brought by the former president stems from a 2019 request issued by the House Ways and Means Committee and its chairman, Democratic Congressman Richard Neal, to the Treasury Department for multiple years' worth of tax returns belonging to Trump and some of his businesses. The request was made under a law allowing Congress to request the tax papers of certain individuals from the IRS. 

House Democrats said they needed the records to inform potential reforms of the IRS program that governs presidential financial disclosure. 

The Trump administration refused the request from the Democratic-controlled Committee, prompting the committee itself to sue Trump. 

Following the 2020 election and the subsequent transfer of power to President Biden, Neal and the House Ways and Means Committee dismissed their lawsuit and issued a fresh request for the tax records with the understanding that the new administration would comply with the request. 

Trump then responded by filing a lawsuit of his own, asking that a court order the tax papers be shielded. He said McFadden, who was appointed by him, should rule that the requests for his tax papers were "unlawful and unenforceable because they lack a legitimate legislative purpose," and instead motivated by politics. 

In Tuesday's decision, McFadden refused that request, citing the "narrow" role the judicial branch has in restricting the power of a Congressional committee.  

"The Committee need only state a valid legislative purpose. It has done so. A faithful application of binding precedent blocks the Court from any further analysis, whatever [Mr. Trump] might say about the motives behind the Committee's request," the judge ruled, despite seemingly agreeing with the former president that the House has shown "mixed motives underlying the 2021 Request."

McFadden acknowledged that the case before him was "in unchartered territory," and cautioned the exposure of the tax returns for any potential political motives the House committee may have.

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