Trump Is Still Fighting To Keep Tax Records Hidden
Releasing some tax information to the public has become a standard expectation for presidential candidates. Turning over financial documents is a legal requirement in some criminal investigations. Congressional committees can also request copies of a president’s state tax returns. While the three are very disparate situations, they’re often conflated in the case of Donald Trump.
Revealing some personal financial information to the public has become traditional for candidates, but isn’t required, and the former president had every legal right to keep his information private, even if doing so raised some concerns for voters. However, throughout his campaign, he repeatedly claimed he’d release information eventually. As Politico reported in 2016, he hinged this release on various other events, including the end of an IRS audit and the release of Hillary Clinton’s missing emails.
When his tax documents were sought by the Southern District of New York in a criminal investigation, however, personal privacy was no longer relevant, and as the New York Times reported in February, the matter finally made its way to the Supreme Court, where an order was issued for compliance with the subpoenas, so prosecutors could continue their work.
Meanwhile, the House Ways and Means Committee sought certain tax documents and requested them from the state of New York, as permitted by the Trust Act, according to Bloomberg.
Trump is fighting to further stall his financial history from perusal, suing the Ways and Means Committee, the New York Attorney General’s office, and the NY Department of Taxation and Finance. Years after first claiming that he’d make these documents public, he’s still fighting to keep anyone at all from seeing them.