SPONSORED:

House Democrats to renew effort to obtain Trump's tax returns next year

House Democrats to renew effort to obtain Trump's tax returns next year
© Getty Images

House Democrats are planning to renew their efforts to obtain President TrumpDonald TrumpIran convicts American businessman on spying charge: report DC, state capitals see few issues, heavy security amid protest worries Pardon-seekers have paid Trump allies tens of thousands to lobby president: NYT MORE's federal tax returns after he leaves office next year.

“Based on the principle of the issue, not the politics of it, yes, you have to stay with the case," House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard NealRichard Edmund NealIRS says start of tax filing season delayed until Feb. 12 On The Money: Twenty states raise minimum wage at start of new year | Trade group condemns GOP push to overturn Biden victory | Top Democrat: Georgia runoffs will influence push for ,000 checks Top Democrat: Outcome of Georgia runoffs will influence push for ,000 checks MORE (D-Mass.) told The Wall Street Journal this week.

Rep. Bill PascrellWilliam (Bill) James PascrellCapitol Police officer hailed as hero for drawing rioters away from Senate chamber John Lewis remembered after Warnock victory: 'Wish he were here tonight' Cori Bush shares picture of expanded 'Squad' MORE (D-N.J.), a senior Ways and Means Committee member who has been a leading advocate for obtaining Trump's tax returns, told the Journal that lawmakers "have an obligation to examine this and follow the money."

ADVERTISEMENT

In April 2019, Neal requested Trump's personal and business tax returns from 2013 through 2018 from the IRS. He cited a provision in the federal tax code that states that the Treasury secretary "shall furnish" tax returns requested by the chairpeople of Congress's tax committees.

Neal has said that the Ways and Means Committee wants Trump's tax returns because the panel is conducting oversight and considering legislative proposals relating to how the IRS enforces tax laws against presidents.

The Trump administration rejected Neal's request and subsequent subpoenas, arguing that House Democrats lack a legitimate legislative purpose for obtaining Trump's tax returns. The Ways and Means Committee then filed a lawsuit, which has yet to be resolved.

President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenFear of insider attack prompts additional FBI screening of National Guard troops: AP Iran convicts American businessman on spying charge: report DC, state capitals see few issues, heavy security amid protest worries MORE's administration could choose to respond to Neal's requests by providing the Ways and Means Committee with Trump's tax returns. House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiCowboys for Trump founder arrested following Capitol riot Retired Army general: 'We can't have demonstrators showing up at a state Capitol with damn long guns' Graham calls on Schumer to hold vote to dismiss article of impeachment against Trump MORE (D-Calif.) predicted in August that Neal would be able to obtain Trump's tax returns under a Biden administration.

A spokesperson for Biden told the Journal that "President-elect Biden has made clear that he will have an independent Department of Justice, free of improper political influence, and that they'll be tasked with following the letter of the law in any decision they make."

Earlier this month, the Ways and Means Committee moved to drop its appeal of a judge's order that requires the panel to give notice if it requests Trump's New York tax returns under a state law.

Neal has never requested Trump's state tax returns. A committee spokesperson said that the panel dropped the appeal on the advice of counsel and was going to focus on its case over obtaining Trump's federal tax returns.