Democrats sent a letter to IRS officially demanding personal tax returns of Trump besides returns for businesses launching a legal battle between executive branch & Congress.
Chairman of Means Committee, Richard Neal & House Ways sent a letter to Charles Rettig, IRS Commissioner demanding taxes of Trump from 2013 through 2018.
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Tax returns of Trump have been targeted b Democrats since his refusal to release them during presidential campaign in 2016. Trump has been keeping documents private since taking the office as they still under audit.
“We are under audit, despite what people said, and working that out — I’m always under audit, it seems, but I’ve been under audit for many years because the numbers are big, and I guess when you have a name, you’re audited. But until such time as I’m not under audit, I would not be inclined to do it”
Top Republican on Means Committee & House Ways blasted request by saying;
“Democrats were weaponizing our nation’s tax code by targeting political foes”
Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, wrote a letter after the request to Steven Mnuchin, Treasury Security believing that request violates the law.
“The use of the committee’s authority to access and make public he tax returns of a single individual for purely political purposes would not only set a dangerous precedent, but it also undermines the core intent of the law”
The only House member who can request tax return of Trump by law is Neal, D-Mass who argued that request came from policy interest.
“heading committee comes with a responsibility to ensure that the Internal Revenue Service is enforcing the laws in a fair and impartial manner. This practice is IRS policy and not codified in the Federal tax laws. It is necessary for the Committee to determine the scope of any such examination and whether it includes a review of underlying business activities required to be reported on the individual income tax return”