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.
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.
NEW: The DOJ says the Treasury Dept. must turn over former President Trump’s tax returns to Congress. https://t.co/tB8puhCL6M
— PBS NewsHour (@NewsHour) July 30, 2021
justice correspondent Pete Williams brings us the latest on the DOJ opinion that Congress has the authority to see former President Trump's tax returns. pic.twitter.com/t2NFWmIZg7
— Mo.bare. Michael. sta.ve. m.j r.b c.p .Jhn (@Maxamdbar88888) July 30, 2021