Justice Dept Says Trump Tax Returns Must Be Released To Congress

Get ready for an angry statement from ‘the former guy’ as the Department of Justice announced today that Donald Trump’s tax returns must be released by the IRS to Congress.

From CNBC:

The DOJ’s Office of Legal Counsel said that the Democratic-lead House Ways and Means Committee had made a request with a legitimate legislative purpose to see Trump’s tax returns, with a stated objective of assessing how the IRS audits presidents’ tax returns.

That 39-page opinion is a reversal of an opinion by the same office, during the Trump administration, which had backed the IRS’s refusal to give the committee Trump’s returns.

Trump was the first president in decades to not voluntarily release his tax returns. While he claimed his returns were under audit as a reason for withholding them, the IRS has stated there is no prohibition from releasing tax returns that are being audited.