The US Department of Justice (US) ordered the Treasury to hand over Donald Trump’s tax returns to Congress, to end a long-running legal battle over the former president’s financial records.
In a memo released on Friday, the Office of Legal Counsel for Justice said that the chairman of the House of Representatives committee “invoked sufficient reasons to request the former president’s tax returns” and that, under federal law, “the Treasury must provide the documents to the Committee.”
The 39-page missive is signed by Dawn Johnsen, sworn in by the Biden Administration as acting deputy attorney general.
During Donald Trump’s government, then Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said he did not file tax returns as he believed they were being demanded for political reasons by Democrats who control the House of Representatives.
The committee processed the records through a federal law that says the IRS will “provide” the statements to a “handful” of top congressmen, noting that all of Trump’s taxes are needed to investigate whether he was in compliance. the tax law.
After Mnuchin’s rejection, Donald Trump himself intervened to try to prevent the statements from being handed over to Congress.
Under a court order in January, Trump would have 72 hours to respond.
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. has already obtained copies of Donald Trump’s personal and business statements as part of an ongoing criminal investigation.
Donaldo Trump tried to prevent his accountants from handing over the documents, taking the matter to the Supreme Court, with the judges rejecting the Republican’s argument that he had immunity as President.
House Speaker Nacy Pelosi explained that tax returns remain in the interest of congressmen.
“Access to former President Trump’s tax returns is a matter of national security. The American people deserve to know the facts of their troubling conflicts of interest and the weakening of our security and democracy as President,” Pelosi wrote in a statement.
The problem has its origins in the 2016 presidential campaign, when Donald Trump claimed he could not disclose his tax returns due to an audit by the US tax authority.