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Supreme Court may have set back Congress’ effort to get Trump’s tax returns

Supreme Court may have set back Congress’ effort to get Trump’s tax returns

For one thing, the court seemed reluctant to get involved in fights between the executive and legislative branches.

Richard Neal

Rep. Richard Neal. | Toya Samo Jordan/Getty Images

By BRIAN FALER

07/09/2020 05:29 PM EDT

House Ways and Means Chair Richard Neal’s uphill fight for President Donald Trump’s tax records appears to have gotten steeper.

Supreme Court ruling Thursday in a separate case in which Democrats were seeking financial records from the president’s bankers and accountants raises fresh questions about Neal’s own demands for six years’ worth of Trump’s tax records — once the headline act in Democrats’ bid to unmask Trump’s finances.

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For one thing, the court seemed reluctant to get involved in fights between the White House and Congress, which could put pressure on Neal to try to compromise with the administration, though such a scenario would seem to be a long shot given Trump’s intransigence toward many congressional oversight efforts.

What’s more, while the court acknowledged Congress’ need for information as part of its oversight responsibilities, the justices emphasized that subpoenas directed at the president deserve extra scrutiny. Congress, the court said, must recognize that its investigatory powers are not unlimited.

“This is going to help the president’s defen

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