US Supreme Court halts handover of Trump’s tax returns

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US Supreme Court halts handover of Trump’s tax returns

The US Supreme Court has put a temporary hold on the handover of Donald Trump’s tax returns to US lawmakers

A committee of legislators was due to obtain six years of Trump’s tax returns this week, after first requesting them in 2019

However, Chief Justice John Roberts has agreed to temporarily stayed the court order which required the Internal Revenue Service to release Trump’s tax returns to the Ways and Means Committee of the House of Representatives.

The “administrative stay” is temporary in nature and does not always reflect the final disposition of the dispute.

It is a move often made when a deadline approaches to preserve the status quo and give the justices more time to act.

Trump’s tax returns have been a white whale for Democrats since he first ran for office.

He broke decades of precedent by refusing to release his tax returns, which most presidential candidates will do in the interest of transparency.

A celebrity real estate developer who said he was worth billions, Trump has sought to shield his financial records from the public, much to the ire of his critics.

The tax returns have been a target for Democrats as well as federal and state prosecutors investigating Trump and his businesses.