The US Supreme Court has cleared the way for delivering former President Donald Trump’s tax returns to Congress after a three-year legal battle.

The court rejected From Mr. Trump urgent application for an order that would have prevented the Treasury Department from granting six years of tax returns for him and some of his assets to the House Ways and Means Committee.

Trump was the first president in four decades not to release his tax returns.

The Democratic-controlled committee first requested Trump’s tax returns in 2019 as part of an investigation into the Internal Revenue Service’s audit program and the former president’s compliance with the tax law.

The Treasury Department had refused to release the documents during Trump’s presidency, but President Joe Biden’s administration said federal law is clear that the committee has the right to review the filing of any taxpayer, including that of the president.

Lower courts have agreed and rejected Trump’s claims that he was outdoing himself and that the committee only wanted to make the documents public.

Chief Justice John Roberts imposed a temporary freeze on Nov. 1 to allow the court to consider legal issues raised by Trump’s attorney and counterarguments from the administration and the House of Representatives.

But just over three weeks later, the judges denied Trump’s urgent application, with no justice publicly dissenting.

Had Mr. Trump convinced the Supreme Court to step in, he could have run out of committee time until Republicans took control of the House in January, when they would almost certainly have withdrawn the document request if it hadn’t been resolved by then. .

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Third defeat this year

It’s the third time Trump has lost in the Supreme Court this year.

In October, he declined to intervene in the legal battle surrounding the FBI search of his Florida estate, where classified documents were discovered.

In January, he refused to stop the National Archives from turning over documents to the House committee investigating the January 6 insurrection at the United States Capitol.

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Last week, Mr. Trump officially launched a third bid for the presidency of the United Statessaying, “America’s comeback begins right now.”

Making the announcement from his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, he said “everyone was doing great” after his four years in office, “the world was at peace” and he “kept his promises.” .

“Two years ago we were a great nation. And soon we will be a great nation again,” added the former US president.

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