A federal appeals court has ruled in favor of Congress and allowed them to move forward in seeking President Trump’s tax documents.
According to The Hill:
The federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday ruled that House Democrats can obtain President Trump‘s financial records, setting up a potential Supreme Court challenge.
The circuit court judges declined a request from Trump to have the court’s full bench of judges hear the case after a three-judge panel in October denied Trump’s request to shield his longtime accounting firm Mazars from having to comply with lawmakers’ subpoena for records.
The judges voted 8 to 3 against rehearing the case. Those in the majority included seven judges appointed by Democrats, including Chief Judge Merrick Garland, and one Republican appointee, Judge Thomas B. Griffith. The dissenters were all Republican appointees.
The ruling does not mean Democrats will immediately have access to Trump’s records. Trump’s lawyers have already indicated they would appeal to the Supreme Court.
This is only the second time in history a court has enforced a subpoena for records of a sitting president. The other was with Nixon.