With no comment or recorded dissent, the Supreme Court on Tuesday ended former President Donald Trump’s years-long battle to protect his tax returns from House Democrats. of that information could become public.
The decision follows a nearly four-year battle by the House Ways and Means Committee to obtain his personal and business records. Trump has maintained that the exercise is politically motivated and that Congress does not have the authority to request the documents. But since he left office, he has suffered one loss after another in trying to keep the information private.
In a post on Truth Social on Wednesday, Trump overturned the court’s decision. “Handing over tax returns is unprecedented, and sets a terrible precedent for future presidents,” he wrote.
Trump broke precedent when he declined as a presidential candidate, and when he was elected, to release his tax returns, something every president since Richard M. Nixon has done. The explanation he gave was that he was being audited, although numerous experts have said an audit would not have prevented him from releasing his returns.
The Supreme Court’s decision comes just before the Democrats, who lead the committee, must cede control of the chamber to the Republicans. The GOP will take over in January, based on the results of the midterm elections.
Here’s what you need to know about Congress’s power to receive tax returns, what led to the Supreme Court decision and what comes next: