August 2, 2021

Court hands Trump a win in never-ending battle for tax returns

During the entirety of former President Donald Trump’s presidency, a number of Democrats have been virtually obsessed with obtaining Trump’s tax returns, apparently in an effort to prove that the real estate tycoon’s finances aren’t what he’s claimed they are over the years.

According to the Washington Examiner, even as Democrat lawmakers continue to try to get their hands on Trump’s tax documents, a federal judge appointed by Trump in 2017 just issued a ruling that will require the U.S. Treasury Department to provide Trump’s lawyers with three days notice if the time comes when his tax documents must be handed over to Democrats.

The federal judge’s ruling will be in effect for a period of two weeks.

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Judge Trevor McFadden issued the ruling on Friday as House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal continues to seek years of Trump’s tax information.

At the crux of Neal’s argument is that the U.S. Treasury was required to turn over the documents as they were requested by the heads of congressional tax committees — a request that was shot down by former U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin while Trump was in office, saying that Neal didn’t have “legitimate legislative purpose” for the request.

According to Politico, Neal filed the request for Trump’s tax returns “to examine the integrity of the IRS’ routine audits of presidents,” though it was also clear that Democrats were anxious to dig through the returns in hopes of finding something else with which they hamstring Trump.

Even though Biden is now in the White House, Neal is still hoping that the new Treasury secretary “will follow what we believe is a clear legal obligation” and provide Congress with the returns.

The renewed push to obtain the former president’s tax returns comes just over two weeks until he faces a Senate impeachment trial, having been accused of “inciting” the Capitol riots that took place on January 6.

 

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