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Monday, July 26, 2021

Chief Justice Blocks House’s Attempt to Access President Trump’s Tax Returns

Chief Justice John Roberts ordered an indefinite delay in the House of Representatives’ demand for President Trump’s financial records to give the Supreme Court time to figure out how to handle the dispute, and his order contains no hint about what the court ultimately will do.

The court’s hold could last a matter of days or weeks, if the court is willing to let an appeals court ruling in favor of the House remain in place without granting full review of the case. But the delay could extend for months if the justices decide they need to hear arguments and issue a written opinion.

Earlier Monday, the House said it would agree to a brief halt for the orderly filing of legal briefs, while opposing any lengthy delay. Those written arguments will give the justices a basis to decide whether they will jump into the dust-up between Congress and the President.

Last week, President Trump made an emergency appeal to ask the Supreme Court to block the enforcement of a subpoena issued by a House committee to Trump’s accountants. The House has until Thursday to respond.

The high court has a separate pending request from President Trump to block a subpoena from a New York prosecutor for his tax returns.

The justices next meet in private Friday and could discuss what to do with the House subpoena.

Without the intervention by the high court, a ruling by the federal appeals court in Washington, DC, in favor of the House was set to take effect Wednesday.

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