An appeals court has cleared the way for the release of former US President Donald Trump's tax records to a House committee. The District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals finally denied a request by the ex-president on Thursday.
The ex-president has been resisting the release of his tax documents for years. The Treasury Department of Trump's successor Joe Biden's administration instructed the IRS last year to hand over the documents to the committee. In contradiction to political customs in the USA, the real estate entrepreneur Trump had not made his tax return public either as a presidential candidate or after moving into the White House. Critics therefore suspect that he has something to hide.
The appeals court had already rejected Trump's application in August, thereby upholding the decision of a lower court. The ex-president then requested a re-examination, which has now also been rejected. Trump is struggling with a number of legal problems. In addition to the dispute over the removal of secret government documents, several lawsuits are pending against him.