A coalition of media organizations, including The Washington Post, had asked the US Circuit Court of Appeals to close a letter that Deutsche Bank filed in response to court questions in August's oral argument about whether the bank has Trump's tax returns among others.
In its 12-page order on Thursday, the three judges panel rejected the media request to publish the full letter and found that the edited names were "not relevant" to the underlying legal issues in the case and that the letter itself was not a "legal document" which would be "subject to the right of public access."
As part of its investigation of foreign influences on the president, the financial services and intelligence committees have been responsible for the two banks in several years of financial documents ̵
1; including tax returns – from the president, his three oldest children and the president's business.
An edited version of the letter previously published showed that Deutsche Bank held tax records responding to congressional sentencing. But the edited letter did not identify by name whose details it has.
The court decision on Thursday states that the bank does not have the president's return, but rather states that it has a return for two other individuals.  Deutsche Bank "reports that the only tax returns it has for individuals or entities mentioned in the Meeting are not those of the President," according to the opinion of Judge Jon O. Newman, joined by Judges Peter W. Hall and Debra Ann Livingston .
"The identity of the two taxpayers whose Deutsche Bank tax return is not relevant to any issue we need to decide," the court added.
"The fact that Deutsche Bank has its tax returns adds nothing to the parties' arguments in the pending appeal."
Capital One had previously told the court that it had no tax returns responding to the congress.
A spokeswoman for House Democrats did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the disclosure.
Unlike previous presidents, Trump has refused to release his tax returns and has sued to try to prevent banks and his accounting firms from following the congress.
Trump appeals in a separate case in New York, where a judge this week rejected the president's effort to prevent the Manhattan attorney from accessing Trump's tax returns as part of an investigation into hush-money payments during the 2016 campaign.