Trump Asks Court to Block Release of Tax Returns

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Former President Trump’s attorneys filed a brief Wednesday morning asking a federal judge to block the release of his tax returns to Congress.

The Hill reports:

In a court filing submitted Wednesday morning, Trump’s lawyers argued that the 2019 request from the House Ways and Means Committee to the Internal Revenue Service has no legitimate legislative purpose and that it is designed to “expose the private tax information of one individual — President Trump — for political gain.”

“The requests are tailored to, and in practical operation will affect, only President Trump,” the filing reads. “The requests single out President Trump because he is a Republican and a political opponent. They were made to retaliate against President Trump because of his policy positions, his political beliefs, and his protected speech, including the positions he took during the 2016 and 2020 campaigns.”

In their brief, Trump’s lawyers also argued that Congress has limited authority to investigate private citizens and their requests for his records exceed that authority.

“’Oversight’ and ‘transparency,’ in a vacuum, are not legitimate purposes” to request private information, they argued.

“The primary purpose of the requests is to obtain and expose [Trump’s] information for the sake of exposure, to improperly conduct law enforcement, or some other impermissible goal—not to study federal legislation,” Trump’s attorneys added.

The move comes after the Justice Department issued an opinion last week stating that Trump’s records must be handed over to the House Ways and Means Committee.

  1. A bunch of crooked leftists looking to smeaar a Great President and requesting private information to which they have NO RIGHT to view. Make them ALL publish THIER Tax forms on all the newspapers and news programs.

      1. It would be interesting to see if Joey declared the five million he got from that dolly bird from Moscow and the ‘10% for the big guy’ he got from the CCP company

  2. I cheer, “Yea, Trump!” Fight the fools led by Piglosi! This grab for his tax returns is nothing more than her vindictive streak showing once more. Neither she nor anyone else in either chamber of Congress has any need, right, or privilege to see his private and personal information without a court order in pursuit of a legal prosecution. He is now a private citizen, so any authority afforded the House of Representatives over him through the Checks and Balances of the Constitution (a document that Pelosi and the other dumb Democrats use and abuse only when it suits them) has ended. She and her minions need to move on, realize that they are headed down the wrong path yet again, and listen to their bosses: WE THE PEOPLE!

  3. Hey – fair is fair – let’s see all of papa Joe and Hunter’s income tax returns as well as Nancy Pelosi’s and every member of congress, the CIA, DOJ, FED reserve, and FBI. Fair is fair is fair. Joe Schmo is not a congressman any longer – so lets see them up through his sham inauguration in 2020.

    1. Actually it’s people like you and every single dem, liberal, leftist, progressive, activist and whatever other garbage you call yourselves, that are the problem in our GREAT NATION!
      But don’t you worry. Sooner or later you will all be dealt with. Now, go kiss aoc’s behind.

    2. I have a question for you. Are you really that stupid or do you just like to post stupid things to get a reaction from people. I find it hard to believe anyone is as stupid as your comments make you seem to be. I know that generally speaking, Democrats are pretty damn stupid, but I don’t think they are THAT stupid. But I could be wrong. Am I?

    3. President Trump doesn’t have to be hiding anything. His personal financial records are a private matter and no business of the government. Would you want your private financial records to be made public?

  4. LISTEN UP…PREZ TRU MP Has RIGHTS just like Any Other AMERICAN CITIZEN. DEMOCRATS are GUILTY of ABUSE of POWER and CORRUPTION. There was a REASON Why the Late Great ABE LINCOLN was a REPUBLICAN. From SamuraiQueen. 😄😄😄

  5. Will the TRUMP hating Democrats ever give up? They should now be totally involved in saving this Country, their job and what they are very handsomely paid to do. Instead, this endless assault against the Wonder that was the TRUMP Presidency goes on and on.
    His Taxes are but another possible source of more ammunition to then incorrectly diagnose and feed to their precious Media to assault our Real President and attempt to demean him in the eyes of the Public.
    I am quite certain, and without naming names, that there are better and more important things for them to do.

  6. Why doesn’t Congress seek the Tax Returns of Governor Cuomo? He’s currently in office and seems to be in a lot of hot water right now.

  7. Trump has got to be the CLEANEST Politician Ever….. because the Dems and their Allies in our so-called “media” have been giving him a Daily RECTAL Exam since 2015….. First they Laughed him…. then the Daily PROBES began… and they still have NOTHING

    So, how many of you do your OWN Tax Returns if you OWN and operate a business ???
    OR, do you have an Accountant or Tax Specialist do it for you ????

    There is NO way that Trump does his OWN Taxes or that of his Corporation….. he PAYS someone else to take care of filing his taxes….

    1. If they ask M.Trump, What about Mrs Pelosi, Mr. Schumer, what about, Obama, Mrs,Cheney. Mr. Bush Why he need to be Mr. Trump. She hate him such much.Thatshe cannot see her on people. She need to be investigated too. Do you think that Mrs Pelosi pay taxes.

  8. The left is out of control, they said they are going ahead with whatever they want to do, thats why they are called progressives. You are basically on your own to defend yourselves.

  9. Even more vital would be to ask the court to ban, with enforcement provisions, the frequently repeated LIES about the condition of our southern border when Biden took office. The border was more secure than it has been for several years, thanks to the agreements that Trump made with several countries involved. As Trump has said, all Biden needed was to go to the beach and leave the border alone, and it would stay in good shape.

    Instead, Biden (or someone) negated all the arrangements Trump had made, and it is now worse it has ever been. But Biden repeatedly lies about it, and Jen Psaki repeatedly lies about it, and even Secretary Mayorkas repeatedly lies about it. How can they be adhering to their oaths of office when they deliberately LIE about something as obvious as our border, for the sole purpose of misleading voters in order to win elections?

  10. President Trump should prevail. Democrats should not be permitted to engage in this fishing expedition and witch hunt. Tax returns are a person’s personal financial records and should not be made public. They are to be viewed only by the IRS in the course of its duties.

  11. Tax returns, uhmm. Biden, Obama’s, Clntons , Schummer , Kamelas, Diane & husband’s. Oh, Nancy Payoff losi Connectiion to Bernie etc.
    Because all of them made $$$ off tax payers. THESE SEEMED TO HAVE HUGE DOLLARS
    Then, No on Trump’s, his $$ was from his businesses. I don’t want mine shown and I don’t want to see his

  12. Doesn’t look like the DOJ DEMS anticipated this response.
    What the DOJ shold have done was inquire if CCP’s Xi funneled money throut Zuckerberg to buy the vote counters in the 2020 election


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