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Donald Trump’s tax returns have been ordered by the US Supreme Court to be handed over to House Democrats, ending a lengthy legal challenge brought by the former president – ​​and Trump is not happy.

In a post on Truth Social, Trump called the decision “unprecedented” and said it “makes [a] Terrible example for future presidents.”

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“Why would anyone be surprised that the Supreme Court has ruled against me, they always do! Handing over tax returns is unprecedented, and it makes [a] Terrible precedent for future presidents,” Trump wrote in a pair of posts.

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“Supreme Court has lost its respect, dignity and prestige, and has become nothing more than a political body with our country paying the price. They refused to even look into the 2020 election hoax. Shame on them !” That said, including a rhetorical question about whether President Biden and his son Hunter Biden will be subjected to the same treatment.

Supreme Court orders Trump’s tax returns handed over to House Democrats

In a later post, Trump called the Supreme Court’s decision “ridiculous”.

“On the Supreme Court, the President of the United States does not have “standing” upon his own election, how ridiculous?” He has written.

For years, House Democrats have sought Trump’s tax records to investigate possible tax fraud or other wrongdoing by him or the Trump Organization.

Representative Richard Neal, D-Mass., chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, speaks during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 8, 2022.

A Democrat-controlled House Ways and Means Committee, led by Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., first requested six years of Trump’s tax returns in 2019. This effort was swiftly blocked by the Trump administration, as he was still the President. Time.

The Trump administration’s Treasury Department declined to turn over the records, but after President Biden won the White House, the new Justice Department reversed the previous administration’s decision.

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In 2021, Biden’s DOJ said Congress should be allowed to review Trump’s tax returns.

Trump and his legal team immediately sued to block the Treasury Department from releasing the records and asked the Supreme Court to intervene, sparking a legal battle.

Lower courts had sided with the House committee, but Chief Justice John Roberts struck down a stay in October, preventing the Treasury Department from handing over the records until the Supreme Court could rule on the legality of the case.

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Supreme Court in Washington, DC on October 31, 2022.

On Tuesday, Roberts denied Trump’s request and reversed his earlier obstruction.

“The application seeking a stay on the mandate presented to the Chief Justice and sent by him to the Court is dismissed,” said a Supreme Court judgement. “The order made by the Chief Justice so far is set aside.”

The release of the record comes after Republicans won a majority of seats in the House of Representatives, giving them the power to choose a majority on each committee.

It is not immediately clear whether Republicans, when they take control of the House in January 2023, intend to continue the scrutiny of tax records.

Some Republicans have called for an investigation into the business dealings of Biden and his son upon taking power in the chamber.