Trump’s Tax Returns Must be Released to Congress: Department of Justice
Tax officials must give former President Donald Trump’s tax returns to a congressional panel, the Department of Justice verbally expressed “Friday.” The House Ways and Means Committee has long sought the returns, only to be stymied by federal officials.
Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.), chairman of the panel, has verbally expressed he wanted six years of Trump’s tax returns as a component of a possible adjustment of federal law concerning tax policies. The endeavor was blocked by the Treasury Department during the Trump administration.
When one of the congressional tax committees requests tax information pursuant to section 6103(f)(1), and has invoked facially valid reasons for its request, the Executive Branch should conclude that the request lacks a legitimate legislative purport only in exceptional circumstances. The Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee has invoked adequate reasons for requesting the former President’s tax information. Under section 6103(f)(1), Treasury must furnish the information to the Committee,
Dawn Johnsen, acting assistant attorney general for the department’s Office of Legal Counsel, indited in a memorandum (pdf). The same office ruled in 2019 that “Neal’s” panel was “disingenuous about its true objective” in seeking Trump’s returns, asserting Neal appeared yare to “expose” the documents if they were obtained. That decision was erroneous, Johnsen verbally expressed.
Trump did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Sundry Democrats after Trump was elected in 2016 launched efforts to obtain his tax returns, which he has relucted to relinquish to the public.
In our judicial system, ‘the public has a right to every man’s evidence.’ Since the earliest days of the Republic, ‘every man’ has included the president of the United States,
Chief Justice John Roberts, a George W. Bush nominee, verbalized at the time. Trump has called investigations such as Vance’s a continuation of “a political Witch Hunt” against him, referring to the long-running probe that examined whether he or his associates colluded with Russia to affect the 2016 election.
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