US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts has agreed to temporarily stay a lower court decision that ordered the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to release former President Donald Trump’s tax returns to a House committee led by Democratic lawmakers.
Trump’s tax returns were due to be delivered to the House Ways and Means Committee later this week.
However, Judge Roberts asked for a response before November 10th.
This “administrative stay” is temporary and does not necessarily reflect the final disposition of the dispute. It is a measure often implemented when a deadline approaches to preserve the status quo and give judges more time to act.
Faced with the flurry of Trump-related emergency petitions in recent days, the judge who has jurisdiction over the lower courts decided to issue such temporary relief.
Judge Elena Kagan, for example, issued such a stay on October 26 and temporarily blocked a request by the House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021 insurrection to obtain the president’s phone and text records. of the Arizona Republican Party, Kelli Ward.
Judge Clarence Thomas stayed an order on Oct. 24 that required Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham to testify before a Georgia grand jury.