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The U.S. Department of Justice told the Treasury Department that it must hand Donald Trump’s tax returns to Congress, which is the latest turning point in the long stalemate in the former president’s financial records.
The legal opinion sent to the Treasury Department, which oversees the Internal Revenue Service, stated that the department “must provide” Trump’s tax returns to the House Ways and Means Committee, which has been required to provide them since 2019.
“When one of the Congressional Tax Committee requests tax information… and cites ostensibly valid reasons for its request, the executive branch should conclude that the request lacks a legitimate legislative purpose only in exceptional circumstances,” the Justice Department said .
Since his first run for president and during his tenure, Trump’s tax returns have been the subject of fierce legal and political controversy. Unlike other presidents and presidential candidates, trump card Refused to publish his financial records.
After the Democrats took control of the House of Representatives in 2019, they tried to obtain his tax returns but were rejected Steven Mnuchin, The U.S. Secretary of the Treasury during his administration.
The Treasury Department, now headed by Janet Yellen, did not immediately respond to the Justice Department’s request for comment.
Richard Neal, chairman of the fundraising committee, once asked Trump to return and file a lawsuit, forcing them to be released to the group. He said that “the case is very powerful, and the law is on our side.”
In 2019, the then president’s lawyer, William Consovoy, refuted Neal’s attempt to publish tax returns, arguing that it was “a political party’s transparent effort to harass officials from another party because they I don’t like his politics and speech.”
Konsovo warned at the time that the handover of documents would establish “a dangerous precedent.”
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