Headline RoundupNovember 22nd, 2022

Supreme Court Says Trump's Tax Returns Can Be Released to Democrats

Summary from the AllSides News Team

The Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that former President Donald Trump's tax returns can be released to a Democratic-controlled congressional committee.

For Context: The documents are expected to be quickly handed over to the House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee, which originally requested Trump's tax returns in 2019. When Republicans formally take control of the House of Representatives on January 3, they're likely to end Democrats' review of the documents. Trump was the first president not to release his tax information since President Richard Nixon started the trend of transparency in the 1970s.

What the Court Said: The short Supreme Court ruling, which allowed a lower court's order to stand, didn't offer reasoning or note dissent from any of the justices. It also followed an order from Chief Justice John Roberts in November that gave the justices extra time to deliberate. 

How the Media Covered It: Left and center-rated news sources covered the Supreme Court's decision more prominently than right-rated sources did, and often framed the move as a "major loss" for Trump. Townhall noted that not mentioning any opinions in the order "means we don't know how the justices' vote on the matter fell."

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