Judge orders Treasury to notify Trump before giving up tax returns

A federal judge on Friday ordered the Treasury Department to give attorneys for former President Donald Trump 72 hours’ notice if it decides to turn over Trump’s federal tax returns to House Democrats.

District Court Judge Trevor McFadden said the order would last for two weeks, amid uncertainty over how the change in administrations will affect House Ways and Means Chair Richard Neal’s long-running effort to get Treasury to turn over Trump’s returns. McFadden also ordered attorneys for all sides in the case to file a joint status report by Feb. 3.

Former Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin refused to surrender Trump’s returns when Neal requested them in 2019. But with Democrat Joe Biden now in the White House, Treasury could decide to hand them over.