High Court Puts Hold on Trump Tax Returns

Stay will be effect until justices decide whether to take case
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 25, 2019 7:20 PM CST
Supreme Court Temporarily Blocks House From Trump's Tax Returns
The Supreme Court will decide whether to take up a case concerning President Trump's financial records.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

The Supreme Court kept a lower court ruling from taking effect Monday that would have allowed Congress to see President Trump's financial records, including tax returns. The justices were the last chance remaining for the president's lawyers, who had lost their arguments for not turning over the records in other courts. Now, both sides have to file arguments with the Supreme Court by Dec. 5 on whether it should consider Trump's appeal to keep the records private, USA Today reports.

The justices gave no reasons for their decision, but the issuance of a stay hints that the court will take up the case, per Axios. The stay will expire immediately if the justices decide against considering the case, the court said, leaving the lower court ruling in effect and allowing for the records to be turned over to Congress. Trump also wants the Supreme Court to block the Manhattan district attorney's subpoena. That's in connection with 2016 payments made to silence Stormy Daniels about her affair with Trump. (More Trump tax return stories.)

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