On 30th July, the Department of Justice (DOJ) said that Internal Revenue Service (IRS) should release former United States President Donald Trump’s tax returns to the House Ways and Means Committee. The Office of Legal Counsel of DOJ said the Committee – which initially requested the tax returns over two years ago – showed enough reasons to validate its bid to review the taxes of the former president.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi cheers DOJ ordering Treasury Dept to turn over Trump’s tax returns to Congress: “A victory for the rule of law — access to Trump’s tax returns is a matter of national security.”
— Hugo Lowell (@hugolowell) July 30, 2021
The acting assistant attorney general, Dawn Johnsen, wrote in an opinion on Friday that the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee (Richard Neal (D)) invoked sufficient reasons for requesting Trump’s tax information. Therefore, under section 6103(f)(1), the Treasury department must deliver the information to the Committee. However, the Office of Legal Counsel argued that when a congressional committee asks for access to the tax returns of Trump, the executive branch should conclude that the request lacks a valid legislative purpose only in specific conditions.
Donald Trump Sued the Committee to Block the Disclosure of Any Returns
Richard Neal, the Chairman of Ways and Means Committee, much-admired the decision and claimed the Committee had a strong case. Further, he said that as he maintained for many years, the case of the Committee is very strong, and the law will support him. He expressed his pleasure that the DOJ agrees and that they can move forward. Moreover, the Committee sued the Trump government in July 2019 after it refused to hand over six years of personal tax returns of the former president, along with 6 years of returns for eight of his businesses.
The former Republican president sued the Committee to block the revelation of any returns it may receive, claiming the purpose of the appeal was illegitimate and partisan. Nancy Pelosi, the House Speaker, championed the decision of the Justice Department and said the opinion delivered success for the rule of law. She added access to Trump’s tax returns is an issue of national security. Americans deserve to know the facts of his conflicts of interests and discouraging the country’s security and democracy as president.