Supreme Court authorizes transfer of Donald Trump's tax returns to Congress
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The United States Supreme Court on Tuesday authorized the transfer of Donald Trump’s tax returns to Congress, rejecting a final appeal by the former Republican president.

Another setback for Donald Trump. The Supreme Court of the United States rejected, Tuesday, November 22, a last attempt by the former American president to avoid having to submit his tax returns to Congress.

A committee of the House of Representatives, in the hands of the Democrats until January, has been demanding for three years the documents transmitted to the tax authorities by the billionaire between 2015 and 2020.

But, unlike all White House tenants since the 1970s, Donald Trump has consistently refused to release his tax returns and fought fiercely in court to block Congress’s request.

After many episodes, a federal court of appeal had authorized the tax authorities at the end of October to transmit these documents to the House committee. The real estate magnate then sent an urgent appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States to block this transfer.

The latter had suspended, on 1er November, the transmission of the documents while waiting to have the elements to decide on the merits.

After receiving arguments from both parties, she finally rejected Donald Trump’s request on Tuesday. In accordance with its practices, it did not explain its motivations.

Donald Trump fortune speculations

Although it was deeply overhauled by the former president, the Supreme Court inflicted several setbacks on him and in particular authorized in 2020 the transfer of financial documents to the New York justice which is investigating his affairs.

The lack of transparency of Donald Trump, who has made his wealth a campaign argument, has fueled speculation for years about the extent of his fortune or potential conflicts of interest.

However, it is not certain that the transfer of his tax archives to Congress will lift the veil on the affairs of the septuagenarian, who announced his candidacy for the presidency of 2024 last week.

The commission, which called for these tax returns to develop ethical rules on the affairs of presidents, is not supposed to make them public. In January, the Republicans will regain control of it and will probably abandon this work.

With AFP

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