Donald Trump’s tax returns were set to be delivered to a Congressional Committee on Thursday. But Chief Justice John Roberts put a hold on the handover of the documents following an emergency request by the former president after an appeals court ruled that the committee has broad authority to obtain tax returns and rejected Trump’s claims that it was overstepping.
Roberts’ ruling gives the Supreme Court time to weigh the legal issues in Trump’s emergency appeal to the high court, filed Monday. It also gave the committee until Nov. 10 to respond.
The temporary delay imposed by Roberts is the third such order issued by justices in recent days in cases related to Trump.
The ruling could potentially delay a final decision until the start of the next Congress in January. If Republicans recapture control of the House in the fall election, they could drop the records request.