The Department of Justice on Friday said former President Trump’s tax returns must be released by the IRS to the House Ways and Means Committee.
The DOJ’s Office of Legal Counsel said the committee – which first requested the returns over two years ago – showed “sufficient reasons” to validate its bid to review the former president’s taxes.
“The Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee has invoked sufficient reasons for requesting the former President’s tax information,” Dawn Johnsen, acting assistant attorney general wrote in an opinion Friday. “Under section 6103(f)(1), Treasury must furnish the information to the Committee.”
The Office of Legal Counsel argued that when a congressional committee requests access to a president’s tax returns, “the executive branch should conclude that the request lacks a legitimate legislative purpose only in exceptional circumstances.”
The opinion by the DOJ is a reversal of stance from the Trump administration’s 2019 judgment, which alleged the congressional committee lacked legitimate justification for reviewing the tax returns. (Read more from “Biden DOJ Says Trump’s Tax Returns Can Be Turned Over to Congress” HERE)
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