Donald Trump has suffered another defeat in the dispute over his tax returns. The investigation into allegations that the former US president may have violated tax law or accepted funds from abroad has been ongoing since 2019.
The US Department of Justice has ordered domestic tax authorities to submit former President Donald Trump’s tax records to a House Committee. The ministry’s decision, published on Friday, said the Treasury Department should instruct the IRS to hand over the confidential documents to the Finance and Tax Committee. The committee chairman had given sufficient reasons for requesting the tax documents. Under Trump’s administration, the Justice Department had refused to hand over the documents.
The Justice Department of President Joe Biden has now said that Parliament has a “compelling interest” to clarify whether the President has accepted inadmissible funds from abroad or was influenced by foreign nations or about “personal economic entanglements”. The Democratic leader of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, immediately hailed the decision as a “victory for the rule of law”. Access to the Republican’s tax records is a national security issue, she wrote on Twitter.
Access to former President Trump’s tax returns is a matter of national security. The American people deserve to know the facts of his conflicts of interest and undermining of our security and democracy as president. The House will always fight to expose the truth #ForThePeople.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) July 30, 2021
“The American people deserve to know the facts about their conflicts of interest and how they undermine our security as president.”
Contrary to political conventions in the USA, the real estate entrepreneur Trump had not made his tax return public either as a candidate or later as president. He defended himself against a release up to the Supreme Court. A prosecutor’s office in New York has since received the documents, but no details were allowed to be made public – unless there was a trial. The House of Representatives committee responsible for budget, finance and tax policy complained against the issuance of tax returns with reference to a federal law. They would therefore be needed to investigate the question of whether the former president adhered to tax law.
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