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Former President Donald Trump speaks at Mar-a-Lago Friday, Nov. 18, 2022 in Palm Beach, Fla. Earlier in the day Attorney General Merrick Garland named a special counsel to oversee the Justice Department's investigation into the presence of classified documents at Trump's Florida estate and aspects of a separate probe involving the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection and efforts to undo the 2020 election. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
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Supreme Court OKs handover of Trump tax returns to Congress

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By MARK SHERMAN

The Supreme Court on Tuesday cleared the way for the imminent handover of former President Donald Trump's tax returns to a congressional committee after a three-year legal fight.

The court, without comment, rejected Trump's plea for an order that would have prevented the Treasury Department from giving six years of tax returns for Trump and some of his businesses to the Democratic-controlled House Ways and Means Committee.

It was Trump's second loss at the Supreme Court in as many months, and third this year. In October, the court refused to step into the legal fight surrounding the FBI search of Trump's Florida estate that turned up classified documents.

In January, the court refused to stop the National Archives from turning over documents to the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol. Justice Clarence Thomas was the only vote in Trump's favor.

In the dispute over his tax returns, the Treasury Department had refused to provide the records during Trump's presidency. But the Biden administration said federal law is clear that the committee has the right to examine any taxpayer's return, including the president's.

Lower courts agreed that the committee has broad authority to obtain tax returns and rejected Trump’s claims that it was overstepping and only wanted the documents so they could be made public.

Chief Justice John Roberts imposed a temporary freeze on Nov. 1 to allow the court to weigh the legal issues raised by Trump's lawyers and the counter arguments of the administration and the House of Representatives.

Just over three weeks later, the court lifted Roberts' order with no noted dissents.

The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The House contended an order preventing the IRS from providing the tax returns would leave lawmakers “little or no time to complete their legislative work during this Congress, which is quickly approaching its end.”

Had Trump persuaded the nation’s highest court to intervene, he could have run out the clock on the committee, with Republicans ready to take control of the House in January. They almost certainly would have dropped the records request if the issue had not been resolved by then.

The House Ways and Means panel and its chairman, Democrat Richard Neal of Massachusetts, first requested Trump’s tax returns in 2019 as part of an investigation into the Internal Revenue Service’s audit program and tax law compliance by the former president. A federal law says the Internal Revenue Service “shall furnish” the returns of any taxpayer to a handful of top lawmakers.

The Justice Department under the Trump administration had defended a decision by then-Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to withhold the tax returns from Congress. Mnuchin argued that he could withhold the documents because he concluded they were being sought by Democrats for partisan reasons. A lawsuit ensued.

After President Joe Biden took office, the committee renewed the request, seeking Trump’s tax returns and additional information from 2015-2020. The White House took the position that the request was a valid one and that the Treasury Department had no choice but to comply. Trump then attempted to halt the handover in court.

Then-Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. obtained copies of Trump’s personal and business tax records as part of a criminal investigation. That case, too, went to the Supreme Court, which rejected Trump’s argument that he had broad immunity as president.

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Trump has nothing to hide. He is as clean as driven snow. The most honest businessman in the history of the universe. And the most persecuted by far.

He’ll be fine. The far left Marxists on the Supreme Court may think they’ve brought this honorable man to his knees, but our lord ‘n savior is always stronger.

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Of course, Trump has nothing to hide. I am sure that he laid all the taxes he was due to pay.

This sum will probably be zero.

My guess is that his "income" is derived from loans from the Trump Organization, which have no interest payable, and no repayment requirements. Of course, you don't have to pay income tax on loans.

Where he does need to pay tax, such as on his properties, they will be valued at a fraction of the true market value and an even smaller fraction of the value he used when valuing them for loan collateral.

We will see.

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So much fuss over blank sheets of paper.

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Trump has nothing to hide. He is as clean as driven snow. The most honest businessman in the history of the universe. And the most persecuted by far. 

I’m just bewildered why the left are so obsessed with this guy’s tax returns, if it’s about his medical records, I get it, but this….

He’ll be fine. The far left Marxists on the Supreme Court may think they’ve brought this honorable man to his knees, but our lord ‘n savior is always stronger.

Not sure what that mess meant, but let’s see once the Dems get it if they can be happy, shut their mouths and move on.

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Because unlike every other candidate since Nixon, he won’t do the minimum of tax disclosure it leads a normal person to wonder “what’s he hiding? Russian money? False write-offs? Is he not very successful? What’s the Dotard so afraid of?”

Oh and then there’s the little issue of “Shall provide” in the law. Not “provide if he wants to.” “Shall provide”

But as the SCOTUS has spoken and for the second time in as many months, Chump lost -didn’t even merit a comment much less a dissent that’s how merit-less it was, we will finally get to see what Don the Con had been hiding. And just in time for Christmas!

Maybe Melanie can do the lights at Lardo-land to match the mood….

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Because unlike every other candidate since Nixon, he won’t do the minimum of tax disclosure it leads a normal person to wonder “what’s he hiding? Russian money? False write-offs? Is he not very successful? What’s the Dotard so afraid of?”

I don’t know, I don’t and would never lose sleep over that. Lol.

When McCarthy starts his investigations I wonder if certain Dems will equally be as forthcoming with their taxes.

Oh and then there’s the little issue of “Shall provide” in the law. Not “provide if he wants to.” “Shall provide”

Hmmm….

But as the SCOTUS has spoken and for the second time in as many months,

Now they’re ok if your book. My, my how you guys switch hats, flipping and flopping all around, interesting…

Chump lost -didn’t even merit a comment much less a dissent that’s how merit-less it was, we will finally get to see what Don the Con had been hiding. And just in time for Christmas!

Ok, and? I think Turkey would be more interesting, but…

Maybe Melanie can do the lights at Lardo-land to match the mood….

How did she get into the conversation?

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I’m just bewildered why the left are so obsessed with this guy’s tax returns,

Probably got much the same reasons that he didn't want them made public and fought tooth and nail to keep them hidden. He has something to hide.

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But as the SCOTUS has spoken and for the second time in as many months

Now they’re ok if your book. My, my how you guys switch hats, flipping and flopping all around, interesting…

oh Lordy, did you ever miss the point. “Interesting” is how it apparently flew over your head.

yes Bass, this Supreme Court has “spoken.” Without even a token protest from Justice Thomas.

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The loss of power by Trump is demonstrated by the lack of support from the SC, his baby. I believe the decision is influenced by the GOP to shed light on Trump's lack of transparency and inability to understand he did and does have a requirement to show his taxes.

Conservatives are finally understanding their ubiquitous lies and dishonesty lead to lack of American voter support through poor midterm results and the loss of the presidency. But it took getting hit over the head with a hammer to wake up. Pretty dense lot of lemmings who needed the midterms to understand the American people chose democracy over their insurrection and totalitarian ex gaslighter in chief.

Like Bill Barr, Chris Christie, Paul, and a host of others, including Fox News, and some around here, the consummate and unconditional support of Trump has given way to a dose of reality and they're back tracking their belief of his and their lies from when everything Trump was their calling, their God.

As for the returns themselves, it'll probably show him to be way less rich and people thought. For Trump, it's all about his ego which will take a a huge juvenile tantrum hit. I'm not sure, 'I'm the best' can take it. If there are illegal issues, so be it, but it'd be incredibly dumb on his and his business accountant/lawyers part, if that were so.

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oh Lordy, did you ever miss the point. “Interesting” is how it apparently flew over your head.

I think it’s the other way around.

yes Bass, this Supreme Court has “spoken.” Without even a token protest from Justice Thomas.

Wow, now had I said that about Justice Brown, I would have been called a racist. This is exactly why people think the left are the worst hypocrites to walk the planet.

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bass4funk

When McCarthy starts his investigations I wonder if certain Dems will equally be as forthcoming with their taxes.

Which Dem president has refused to publicly release their tax records?

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Wow, now had I said that about Justice Brown, I would have been called a racist. This is exactly why people think the left are the worst hypocrites to walk the planet.

Left left left left left.

I was a registered republican for 25 years.

to quote the Gipper “There you go again.”

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Bass, who on the Court sits ideologically to the right of Clarence Thomas?

no one, Alito is left of Thomas.

yes, I realize Thomas is African American, thank you.

he’s also furthest right with a habit of adding opinions even Alito won’t sign on to. You know token protest opinions.

pointing out those opinions as token is not racism, it’s pointing out that they are token protests, unless the word token is now racist. Oh dear, the right is trying to censor me. 1st Amendment?

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When McCarthy starts his investigations I wonder if certain Dems will equally be as forthcoming with their taxes.

Which investigations are you specifically referring to? Are there "certain Dems" McCarthy (actually Gym Jordan) has in mind?

Investigations have to be based on something other than desire for revenge.

I’m just bewildered why the left are so obsessed with this guy’s tax returns

Not "the left". Legislators who believe in the rule of law. Trump is a lifelong con man. I'm bewildered how anyone wouldn't recognize this by now.

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Trump says he has nothing to hide.

Should be no problem.

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Donald Trump’s day in court:

— lost at the Supreme Court; his tax returns will be sent to the House 

— got whooped at the 11th Circuit, which is likely overturning Judge Cannon, ending special master

— Lindsay Graham testified before GA grand jury for 2 hours

So much winning!

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Should be no problem.

But the Dems are making it a problem, but yeah, it shouldn’t be.

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I’m just bewildered why the left are so obsessed with this guy’s tax returns, if it’s about his medical records, I get it, but this….

I’m just bewildered people who insist donald is a successful businessman feel so scared that his taxes will reveal he is not. Are they afraid of losing their last delusion, now that donald has lost just about anything he has tried in the last few years!!

As for his medical records, ronny jackson already declared he would live to be 200.

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Don did what don does: lose. He lost at the circuit level, the appeals level (twice), and at SCOTUS.

SO. MUCH. LOSING.

You'd think he'd be used to it by now, lol.

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When McCarthy starts his investigations I wonder if certain Dems will equally be as forthcoming with their taxes.

ROFL, the lying coward that McCarthy still doesn’t know what he will investigate .

And the lying followers of the biggest liar of them all donald, just lap up everything their lying leaders spout!!!

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Ok, let’s get this over and then hopefully the left will move on.

So you figure the tax returns will show nothing out of sorts.

Why then has the Don spent so much time blocking their release? Hmmmmmmmmmm...........

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Which investigations are you specifically referring to? Are there "certain Dems" McCarthy (actually Gym Jordan) has in mind?

You already know the investigations that Jim Jordan and McCarthy will start.

Investigations have to be based on something other than desire for revenge.

Maybe, and?

Not "the left". Legislators who believe in the rule of law. Trump is a lifelong con man.

Wait? When you think what the Dems have done over the last 8 years and you call Trump a con man? ROFL!

I'm equally bewildered how anyone wouldn't recognize this by now.

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The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

I think we can guess what the Trump campaign's comment will be. Something about "witch hunt" and "Biden's failed socialist agenda".

Can you imagine what kind of depraved individual would want to work for Donald Trump?

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Should be no problem.

But the Dems are making it a problem, but yeah, it shouldn’t be

If he’s clean, he’s clean. He says he is.

A win for Trump and those who’d like to see him re-elected. It will also highlight his business genius and success.

I don’t see the problem here.

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You already know the investigations that Jim Jordan and McCarthy will start.

Into Dems with tax issues? No, I don't.

When you think what the Dems have done over the last 8 years and you call Trump a con man? ROFL!

Investigating a con man is a con? ROFL, weird logic there.

I'm equally bewildered how anyone wouldn't recognize this by now.

I'm not surprised that you're bewildered by this.

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday cleared the way for the imminent handover of former President Donald Trump's tax returns to a congressional committee after a three-year legal fight.

Well, I'm not sure this is that big of a deal, other than another court case for Trump goes in the "lost" column...must be at least 100 now...

Weisselberg already dimed him out under oath approving all the tax fraud at the Trump Org. Maybe getting these taxes may prove some other fraud but most likely will just confirm what Bannon said about him in Wolff's book; "he turns into just a crooked business guy, and one worth $50m instead of $10bn,” Not the billionaire he said he was, just another scumbag.” 

The court, without comment, rejected Trump's plea for an order that would have prevented the Treasury Department from giving six years of tax returns for Trump and some of his businesses to the Democratic-controlled House Ways and Means Committee.

My, my, looks like Barrett, Gorsuch, and Kavanaugh won't be getting any Mar-A-Lago brunch invitations...ROFL...

It was Trump's second loss at the Supreme Court in as many months, and third this year. In October, the court refused to step into the legal fight surrounding the FBI search of Trump's Florida estate that turned up classified documents.

And with the MAGA "Red-faced wave" this month, cements his reputation as a "Loser"...

We all know why he is running in 2024 - just to continue to fleece as many of his flock as he can, and so he can "burn it all down" and crash the Repub Party...

His legacy: hustling millions from his supporters and killing the Repub Party....and that's before he's led off for his stint at Rikers Island....

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So you figure the tax returns will show nothing out of sorts.

Why then has the Don spent so much time blocking their release? Hmmmmmmmmmm...........

I really could care less and that goes for any President, but if you want to make of official and go deep, then Let’s dig into Biden’s accounts…..wait, that’s coming.

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Trump said he’s clean. He’s holding a royal flush.

Why Trump supporters aren’t already celebrating is beyond me.

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Trump said he’s clean. He’s holding a royal flush. 

So far over the last 7 years it seems so.

Why Trump supporters aren’t already celebrating is beyond me.

Nothing to celebrate, just like nothing celebrate or get giddy about the guys taxes.

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Weisselberg already dimed him out under oath approving all the tax fraud at the Trump Org

Just a total insistence to even try to tell the truth.

“Ex-Trump Organization CFO says Trump family was in the dark on tax fraud scheme

"Did you conspire with the Trump family?" Allen Weisselberg was asked by a Trump lawyer. "No," he replied.”

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Why Trump supporters aren’t already celebrating is beyond me.

im still celebrating the win in the House elections which give committee chairmanships and subpoena power.

suddenly “investigations are a waste of time and money”.

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Weisselberg already dimed him out under oath approving all the tax fraud at the Trump Org

Just a total insistence to even try to tell the truth.

Just a total denial of reality....

*Former Trump Organization chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg testified in court Thursday, describing how *Donald Trump and two of his children allegedly participated in a scheme to defraud tax authorities.

*Weisselberg said Donald Trump, or at times Eric Trump or Donald Trump Jr., signed checks to pay up to $100,000 for private school tuition for Weisselberg's grandchildren. Weisselberg said he then instructed the company's controller to deduct the $100,000 from his salary, allowing him to report a smaller income. Copies of some of the checks signed by the Trumps have been shown in court. *

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-organization-trial-fraud-scheme-allen-weisselberg-testifies/

The black Sharpie gets him again....ROFL...

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A liberal media narrative changes nothing about what was said in court.

"Did you conspire with the Trump family?" Allen Weisselberg was asked by a Trump lawyer. "No," he replied.”

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A liberal media narrative changes nothing about what was said in court.

"Did you conspire with the Trump family?" Allen Weisselberg was asked by a Trump lawyer. "No," he replied.”

Notice the lawyer didn't ask "Did the Trump family conspire with you"?

Besides, his other testimony I cited above and the signed checks prove it...

Gotcha...

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"Did you conspire with the Trump family?" Allen Weisselberg was asked by a Trump lawyer. "No," he replied.”

Did he sign the checks? Yes.

Did he sign the statement saying that his loan applications, tax forms and statements of financial disclosure were honest and factual? Yes.

Were those documents honest and factual? No.

Wow, what a defense!

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Yes that is what Weisselberg did without any involvement of Trump whatsoever, as was testified in court under oath. . Thanks for confirming using big boy words for once.

but in fact all of it has nothing to do with this article anyway. Just another distraction.

-11 ( +0 / -11 )

as guilty as he so obviously is.

So he’s been criminally indicted much less convicted? Ever?

-10 ( +0 / -10 )

Yes that is what Weisselberg did without any involvement of Trump whatsoever,

Which is exactly opposite what Weissellberg said under oath - a clear denial of reality...

And you can't deny Donald and Eric's signatures on the checks...

And the bad news even gets worse...

*For years, former President Donald Trump personally signed stacks of bonus checks that were then stuffed into the holiday cards of favored company executives, jurors have already heard in the trial.*

*But the yearly executive bonus handouts were part of a 15-year payroll tax dodge scheme that reached right to the top of the company, prosecutors are trying to prove.*

*The bonuses should have been reported in their entirety on company W-2s** each year, as taxable income. But they were not, prosecutors have charged.*

https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-organizations-outside-accountant-testifies-011016142.html

Once again, his signature on the checks will sink him...

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Were there not accounting firms hired to review the legality of all of this?

did they just miss it and if so, isn’t it their legal responsibility if it’s wrong? Kinda why you hire an accounting firm….

-10 ( +0 / -10 )

Same with taxes. You pay a firm to do them and the IRS audits them.

so what are Democrats in the house they just lost expecting to do with tax filings already reviewed by an outside firm and then reviewed and already accepted by the IRS?

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