Supreme Court suspends transfer of Trump's tax returns to Congress | Donald Trump, President of the United States
Donald Trump's family group is on criminal trial for fraud and alleged tax evasion in New York.
Donald Trump, who has been fighting for years to keep his tax returns confidential, obtained yet another respite from the United States Supreme Court on Tuesday.
A commission of the House of Representatives, in the hands of the Democrats, has been demanding since 2019 the documents sent to the tax authorities by the former Republican president between 2015 and 2020.
But unlike every tenant of the White House since the 1970s, Donald Trump has consistently refused to release his tax returns and fought fiercely in court to block Congress' request.
After many episodes, a federal appeals court last week finally allowed the IRS to turn over these documents to the commission, which could have happened just ahead of the November 8 midterm elections.
The real estate magnate then sent a final urgent appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States.
In accordance with its practices, it suspended the transfer on Tuesday while waiting to have the elements to decide on the merits. She asked the commission to provide her with her arguments by November 10 and is expected to issue her decision immediately.
Although it has been profoundly overhauled by Donald Trump, the High Court has inflicted several setbacks on the matter, and in particular authorized in 2020 the transfer of financial documents to the New York justice which is investigating its affairs.
The real estate magnate's lack of transparency, who has made a campaign argument about his wealth, has fueled speculation about the extent of his business for years. fortune or potential conflicts of interest.
In addition, the Trump Organization family group has been on criminal trial for alleged tax fraud and evasion for a few days in New York.
After a week of jury selection, New York state prosecutors on Monday accused the group's leaders of cheating and greed over irregularities in the accounts from 2005 to 2021 as well as compensation that was hidden from the taxman. .
Neither Donald Trump nor his sons Donald Jr and Eric are personally targeted in this lawsuit and former CFO Allen Weisselberg, loyal to the Trump clan, has reached an agreement with court in August to plead guilty to 15 counts of tax evasion and evasion involving $1.76 million in unreported income between 2005 and 2021.
Uncharged, Mr. Weisselberg is to be a key trial witness before whom the Trumps could testify. On Tuesday, a first witness, Jeffrey McConney, financial controller of the Trump Organization, was questioned. But, in a fit of coughing, he tested positive for COVID-19 and the trial was put on hold until at least next week.