Following a decision by a lower court refusing to reverse its ruling, former President Donald Trump made an emergency filing to the Supreme Court on Monday (October 31) asking that they overturn the ruling.
On Thursday (October 29), the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals declined to reconsider a unanimous decision giving the House Ways and Means Committee access to Trump’s tax records.
For years, House Democrats have been seeking Trump’s records saying they need the documents to conduct a probe into how the Internal Revenue Service does its routine Presidential audits. Arguing Trump’s tax documents shouldn’t be handed over, the former President’s attorneys claim that the Committee’s probe is purely political.
In the filing, Trump’s attorneys claim, “The Committee’s purpose in requesting President Trump’s tax returns has nothing to do with funding or staffing issues at the IRS and everything to do with releasing the President’s tax information to the public.”
Trump’s filing also comes after House Democrats celebrated Thursday’s ruling.
Following the three-judge panel’s decision, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Richard Neal (D-Mass.), celebrated in a statement, saying, “The law has always been on our side.”
“Former President Trump has tried to delay the inevitable, but once again, the Court has affirmed the strength of our position. We’ve waited long enough—we must begin our oversight of the IRS’s mandatory presidential audit program as soon as possible,” Neal said.
Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.), chairman of the panel’s oversight subcommittee, shared Neal’s sentiment, noting the battle to get Trump’s tax information had already taken 1,303 days “nearly as long as the Civil War.”