Friday, July 29, 2005

SCOTUS Watch: Why does Stealthy John Roberts want to hide his tax return? 

Especially since I thought he was the type of judge who would defer to precedent:

The Bush administration will not give Senate investigators access to the federal tax returns of Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts Jr., White House and congressional officials said yesterday, a break with precedent that could exacerbate a growing conflict over document disclosure in the confirmation process.

Although nominees to the high court in recent decades were required to provide their three most recent annual tax forms, the administration will neither collect such documents from Roberts nor share them with the Senate Judiciary Committee, the officials said. Instead, the Internal Revenue Service will produce a one-page summary.
(via WaPo)

Say, correct me if I'm wrong here, but I thought Congress was a co-equal branch of government under the Consitution. So why can the President see Roberts's tax return, and not Congress?

Especially since past nominees have revealed their tax returns?

Could it be that Roberts deducted contributions to... What?

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