Democrats have been trying desperately to get their hands on the last several years of President Donald Trump’s tax returns.
Not because they would be able to understand what they are reading, but because they want political ammunition and anything they can use to defeat the president in the upcoming election.
But things kicked into overdrive on Friday when the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled 2-1 and ordered Trump’s accounting firm, Mazars USA, to hand over eight years of his tax returns to the House Reform and Oversight Committee.
Trump’s team argued this was an “illegitimate” request and only being carried out by Democrats to continue their anti-Trump witch hunt.
The three-judge federal panel sided 2-1 with the Democrats, saying that the committee has the right to the documents.
“Contrary to the president’s arguments, the committee possesses authority under both the House Rules and the Constitution to issue the subpoena, and Mazars must comply,” the appeals court panel wrote in its opinion.
Trump appointed the dissenting judge, Neomi Rao.
“We conclude that the public record reveals legitimate legislative pursuits, not an impermissible law-enforcement purpose, behind the committee’s subpoena,” the judges wrote.
The House Reform and Oversight Committee issued a subpoena earlier this year demanding that Mazars USA, the president’s accounting firm, hand over the records.
Mr. Trump’s lawyers accused Democrats on the committee of conducting a witch hunt with no legitimate purpose.