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The U.S. Department of Justice has told the Treasury Department that it should hand over Donald Trump’s tax returns to Congress, the latest twist in the protracted stand-out over the former president’s financial records.
The legal opinion sent to the Treasury, which oversees the Internal Revenue Service, said the department should submit Trump’s tax returns to the House Ways and Means Committee, which they have been requesting since 2019.
‘If one of the congressional tax committees requests tax information. . . and based on his request, the executive must conclude that the request has a legitimate legislative purpose only in exceptional circumstances, ‘the Justice Department said.
Trump’s tax returns have been the subject of intense legal and political strife since he was first elected president and while in office. Unlike other presidents and presidential candidates, Trump refused to disclose his financial records.
When the Democrats took control of the House of Representatives in 2019, they wanted access to its tax returns, but were turned down by Steven Mnuchin, the U.S. Treasury Secretary during his administration.
The Treasury, now run by Janet Yellen, did not immediately respond with a comment on the Justice Department’s request.
Richard Neal, the chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, who demanded Trump’s return and filed a lawsuit to force the release to the panel, said the ‘case is very strong and the law is on our side is’.
In 2019, William Consovoy, a lawyer for the then president, dismissed Neal’s efforts to secure tax exemptions as a transparent attempt by one political party to harass an official of the other party because they did not does not like his politics and speech ‘.
Consovoy warned at the time that handing over the files would set a “dangerous precedent”.
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