WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump lambasted the Supreme Court early Wednesday after the justices ordered the handover of his tax returns to a Democrat-led House committee.
In his 1:15 a.m. diatribe, Trump, 76, claimed the high court “always” rules against him despite the 45th president nominating three of its nine current members during his four years in office.
“Why would anybody be surprised that the Supreme Court has ruled against me, they always do!” Trump said on Truth Social. “It is unprecedented to be handing over Tax Returns, & it creates terrible precedent for future Presidents.”
The former president went on to accuse the conservative-dominated court of being “political” in its decision-making, referencing its refusal to overturn the 2020 election results at his behest.
“The Supreme Court has lost its honor, prestige, and standing, & has become nothing more than a political body, with our Country paying the price,” he said. “They refused to even look at the Election Hoax of 2020. Shame on them!”
On Tuesday, the court vacated a temporary stay issued by Chief Justice John Roberts on Nov. 1 that temporarily blocked the Treasury Department from releasing Trump’s returns for the years 2013 through 2018 to the House Ways and Means Committee.
The former president’s legal team had asked for the court to review a lower court decision from August that ordered the information’s disclosure.
The committee, led by Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.), sought the documents after Trump in 2016 became the first presidential candidate in four decades to refuse to voluntarily make his tax returns available for public review, citing an alleged audit.
House Democrats have been investigating whether Trump used his office for personal enrichment, recently revealing that the Trump Organization raked in hundreds of thousands of dollars from stays at Trump hotels by foreign leaders as well as the Secret Service.
Trump’s namesake company is also on trial for tax fraud in Manhattan.