For years now, the Democratic Party has been trying to get their hands on Donald Trump’s tax returns, believing that they would be able to find some information in there that they could use to politically puncture the GOP star’s balloon.
In the beginning, the idea seemed to be that Trump’s ability to massage tax laws in this country to his advantage would be seen as as shady in the eyes of Americans. Trump himself shut that idea down succinctly by claiming that this made him “smart”.
And so then the left turned to suggesting that his tax returns would reveal evidence of Trump’s purported ties to the Russia government, as a part of their still-ongoing attempts to paint the former President as some sort of Kremlin-bound double agent.
In either case, Trump isn’t looking to have his private financial information thrust unceremoniously into the public eye, but a recent legal ruling may do just that.
A federal judge late Tuesday threw out former President Donald Trump’s lawsuit seeking to block a House committee from getting his tax returns.
U.S. District Judge Trevor McFadden said efforts by Trump’s lawyers to block the handover were wrong on the law.
“A long line of Supreme Court cases requires great deference to facially valid congressional inquiries. Even the special solicitude accorded former presidents does not alter the outcome,” McFadden wrote.
McFadden put the ruling on hold for 14 days to give Trump’s legal team time to appeal.
The judge would go on to cement the left’s “valid legislative purpose” for seeing these tax returns – invalidating the argument by Trump’s team that this was little more than a fishing expedition.