Just in time for forty-fifth President Donald Trump’s 76th birthday, Federal appellate judge of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, Judge Karen Henderson, said on Thursday that Trump “could be a sitting president again” and that could be a factor in the case of turning his tax returns to Congress.
Trump attorney Cameron Norris has slammed the Democrat’s consistent efforts to achieve Trump’s tax returns, saying, “The goal here is to immediately publicly expose and release President Trump’s tax returns.”
President Trump’s attempt to block the House Ways and Means Committee from accessing his business’ IRS records were thrown out by lower court judge Trevor McFadden.
Judge McFadden ruled Congress can’t be blocked from accessing Trump’s tax returns due to the separation of powers.
According to CNN, The House Ways and Means Committee defended its case by citing a law to obtain “financial information from the IRS about Trump as a way to look at auditing presidents.”
Judge Henderson was deciding whether the lower court correctly threw out Trump’s case during a hearing, where she said, “We have a situation that involves a sitting President and a former President. If this drags out, for all we know he could be a sitting president again.”
Henderson made sure to bring attention to an ongoing Supreme Court case where they “laid out a test for Congress to be able to seek his accounting records from the firm Mazars USA,” according to CNN.
The Mazars subpoena case is critical because the Supreme Court has yet to rule on the Congress’ exact powers.
“We’ve got to look at this, not as musical chairs, who are changing, who are withdrawing, and who’s leaving office and so forth,” Henderson explained.
In February 2021, U.S. District Judge Trevor McFadden questioned the motives of a House Committee on their pursuit of Trump’s taxes.
“If Congress changes hands in a couple of years here and a Republican chairman of the Ways and Means Committee asks for Hunter Biden’s tax returns, are we just going to say, ‘Oh, sure. You know, we’ve got to defer to Congress. They’ve said they’re interested in legislating on presidential families, therefore we’ve got to turn them over? Is that going to be the administration’s position?”
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