Chief Justice John Roberts went to bat for President Trump on Monday, indefinitely delaying the release of his eight most recent tax returns as the Supreme Court considers how to handle a Democratic demand for the long-sought records.
Roberts’ order did not offer any hint on how the high court will eventually rule in the high-stakes case, but temporarily blocks a lower ruling from taking effect that would have mandated the Trump records be released Wednesday.
With the hold in place, the Supreme Court will now consider whether to let the lower ruling stand or whether it will undertake a full review of the case, which was brought by House Democrats.
If the court rules it needs a full review, the delay could drag on for months, as the bench’s nine justices would likely ask for oral arguments before crafting a written opinion.
However, if the court opts to not take up the case, Trump’s tax records could see the light of day within a matter of days or weeks.
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