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Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.) filed suit in federal court to enforce a subpoena for the records rejected in May by the Trump administration. | J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo congress House Democrats sue for Trump's tax returns By BRIAN FALER 07/02/2019 11:55 AM EDT Updated 07/02/2019 01:00 PM EDT 2019-07-02T01:00-0400 Share on…
House Democrats on Tuesday sued for President Trump’s tax returns, marking the beginning of a high-stakes legal fight over his efforts to keep his taxes secret.
Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.) filed suit in federal court to enforce a subpoena for the records rejected in May by the administration.
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“In refusing to comply with the statute, Defendants have mounted an extraordinary attack on the authority of Congress to obtain information needed to conduct oversight of Treasury, the IRS, and the tax laws on behalf of the American people,” the suit says.
A Treasury Department spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Democrats are seeking six years’ worth of Trump’s returns under a 1924 law allowing the chairs of Congress’s tax committees to examine anyone’s confidential tax information. Democrats hope they will help answer a host of questions about Trump’s finances.
Trump has defied a decades-old tradition of presidents voluntarily releasing their returns, and his administration is fighting the effort to force his hand, arguing Democrats do not have a legitimate reason for seeking the information.
It is just one of a number of subpoenas the administration is now battling, in a larger war over congressional oversight.
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