A U.S. federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday that a House of Representatives committee was entitled to see former President Donald Trump’s tax returns, seemingly marking the end of a long soap opera.
The House Ways and Means Committee launched legal proceedings in 2019 to compel Donald Trump, then a tenant of the White House, to submit his tax returns.
Contrary to custom, Donald Trump refused to communicate these documents and engaged in a legal standoff which lasted 19 months after the end of his mandate.
The District of Columbia Court of Appeals declared that the request of the congressional committee was justified within the framework of its work, and found that it did not violate the principle of separation of powers and that it respected the American Constitution.
On Twitter, the House Ways and Means Committee said it expected
immediately receive requested tax returns and audit documents.
The move comes after a district judge last December rejected an appeal by Donald Trump to withhold the documents, arguing that the legislative interest of Congress outweighed any deference Trump might receive as a as former president.
The Republican president was the first tenant of the White House in 40 years to refuse to disclose his statements, in an effort to keep details of his fortune and the activities of his family business, the Trump Organization, secret.