Justice Department says IRS must give Donald Trump tax returns to Congress
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The House Ways and Means Committee had sued for the records.

The Justice Department, in a reversal, says the Treasury Department must provide the House Ways and Means Committee former President Donald Trump’s tax returns, apparently ending a long legal showdown over the records.

In a memo dated Friday, Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel said the committee chairman “has invoked sufficient reasons for requesting the former President’s tax information” and that under federal law, “Treasury must furnish the information to the Committee.”

The 39-page memo is signed by Dawn Johnsen, installed by the Joe Biden administration as the acting head of the legal counsel office.

During the Trump administration, then-Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he wouldn’t turn over the tax returns because he concluded they were being sought by Democrats who control the House of Representatives for partisan reasons.

The committee sued for the records under a federal law that says the Internal Revenue Service “shall furnish” the returns of any taxpayer to a handful of top lawmakers. The committee said it needed Trump’s taxes for an investigation into whether he complied with tax law.

Trump’s Justice Department defended Mnuchin’s refusal and Trump himself also intervened to try to prevent the materials from being turned over to Congress. Under a court order from January, Trump would have 72 hours to object after the Biden administration formally changes the government’s position in the lawsuit.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. already has obtained copies of Trump’s personal and business tax records as part of an ongoing criminal investigation. Trump tried to prevent his accountants from handing over the documents, taking the issue to the Supreme Court. The justices rejected Trump’s argument that he had broad immunity as President.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the tax returns remain of interest to lawmakers. “Access to former President Trump’s tax returns is a matter of national security. The American people deserve to know the facts of his troubling conflicts of interest and undermining of our security and democracy as President,” Pelosi said in a statement.

The issue has its roots in the 2016 presidential campaign, when Trump claimed that he could not release his taxes due to an IRS audit.


Republished with permission of The Associated Press.

Associated Press


  • Ron Ogden

    July 30, 2021 at 7:13 pm

    The Democrats are organizing an unspeakably dangerous attack on American freedoms. If they can do it to Trump, they can do it to anyone. And there is no legitimate reason: it is all politics.

  • Ocean Joe

    July 30, 2021 at 8:42 pm

    Presidential candidates have been releasing their tax returns since the 1970’s. It is expected and it enables the public to determine whether or not there is a disqualifying conflict of interest.
    Trump was asked many times whether and when he would release his returns and has answered many times that he would do so.
    So what is wrong with holding him to his word?

    • tjb

      August 6, 2021 at 8:42 am

      Trump’s promises are often meaningless. How often has Trump demanded that politician release their tax returns — why does he make his returns the exception?

  • Matthew Lusk

    August 1, 2021 at 12:16 pm

    The IRS has always been a political weapon used by the oligarchy to shave competitors .

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