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Judge dismisses Trump effort to block Congress from obtaining his taxes
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A federal judge on Tuesday rejected former President Donald Trump’s attempt to block House Democrats from obtaining his personal tax records.
District Court Judge Trevor McFadden, a Trump appointee, dismissed the case, citing Supreme Court precedent. Trump’s attorneys claimed executive privilege and argued the Democrat-led efforts to obtain his tax records were politically motivated.
"Even if the former President is right on the facts, he is wrong on the law," McFadden said in his ruling. "A long line of Supreme Court cases requires great deference to facially valid congressional inquiries. Even the special solicitude accorded former Presidents does not alter the outcome. The Court will therefore dismiss this case."