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US News United States: Donald Trump's tax returns must be transmitted to Congress

00:45  31 july  2021
00:45  31 july  2021 Source:   france24.com

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The income tax returns of former President Donald Trump must be released by the IRS to Congress , the Department of Justice said Friday. The DOJ's Office of Legal Counsel in a written opinion said that the Democratic-lead House Ways and Means Committee had made a request with a legitimate legislative purpose to see Trump ' s Under federal law, the tax -related committees of Congress have a "broad right" to obtain taxpayer information from the Treasury Department, the IRS's parent,the 39-page opinion noted. "The statute at issue here is unambiguous: 'Upon written request' of the chairman

Conveniently timed to coincide with Trump ' s re-emergence on the political scene with rallies being readies in the run up to next year's mid-terms, the Department of Justice has decided now is the time to affirm that the income tax returns of former President Trump can be released by the IRS to Congress . “Executive Branch officials must apply a presumption that Legislative Branch officials act in good faith and in furtherance of legitimate objectives.” Oh yeah, lots of "good faith" among that crowd.

L'ancien président Donald Trump à la Conférence d'action politique conservatrice à Dallas, au Texas, le 11 juillet 2021. © LM OTero, AP former President Donald Trump at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas, Texas, July 11, 2021 .

The tax returns of former President Donald Trump, who has always refused to make them public, must be forwarded to a Congress Commission, ordered the US Department of Justice on Friday.

Donald Trump refused to make them public, but they should endlessly end up in the hands of the Congress: the US Department of Justice ordered, Friday, July 30, that the tax declarations of the former President are transmitted to a Congress Commission.

The House of Representatives Commission who deals with budgetary issues "has presented sufficient reasons for requesting the tax data of the former president and the Treasury must provide this information," says the department in a memorandum.

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The Department of Justice on Friday said Donald Trump ’ s tax returns must be released by the IRS to the House Ways and Means 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 .

Trump was the first president to refuse to disclose his tax returns , which could reveal his income sources and any questionable accounting or tricks he’ s used to avoid federal income taxes . The Trump administration was the first to refuse such a request since the law went on the books in 1924 as a check on The agency started doing the audits after Nixon’ s tax scandal but Congress hasn’t required it, and Democrats said they might like to make it law. The Justice Department’ s memo Friday said the tax disclosure law is unambiguous, and that it trusted Congress to be sensitive about private tax

Unlike all its predecessors since the 1970s, Donald Trump, which has made its fortune a campaign argument, refuses to publish its tax returns . Its lack of transparency feeds speculation on the extent of its wealth or potential conflicts of interest.

to attempt to know more, three Chamber of Representatives, controlled by the Democrats, had asked in 2019 at the Mazars Accounting Cabinet, but also to the banks Deutsche Bank and Capital One, a whole series of financial documents relating to the Donald Trump business between 2010 and 2018, and those of his loved ones.


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The Commission of the "Ways and Means", on which the Memorandum of the Ministry, claims more Specifically six years tax returns as part of its audit power of tax services.

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If former President Donald Trump ' s tax returns are given to Congress , the records will almost certainly be leaked by Democrats. LM Otero/AP. More On Trump ’ s office did not immediately release a statement and it’s unclear if he will sue to halt the disclosure. Since he launched his presidential campaign in 2015, Trump has said he’s under IRS audit and therefore cannot release his tax returns . Acting Assistant Attorney General Dawn Johnsen told the Treasury Department to give former President Donald Trump ’ s tax returns to Congress .

The Justice Department told the Treasury Department that it " must " turn over former President Donald Trump ' s tax returns to the House Ways and Means Committee, which first requested them more than two years ago. Justice Department advises Biden administration to hand over Trump tax returns to Congress .

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in parallel, the Manhattan Attorney, Cyrus Vance, had also claimed the financial archives of Donald Trump as part of an investigation into possible violations of New York laws.

arguing of its presidential immunity and the separation of powers, Donald Trump had fought on all these fronts, going twice until the Supreme Court which, in February, authorized the transmission of certain documents to Justice New -york. The investigation taking place in camera, this information remains protected by the secret.

The former president could again appeal to oppose the order of the Ministry of Justice, but his intentions were not known on Friday.

Without waiting to know them, the Chair Democrat of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, greeted "a victory for the rule of law" and once again attacked the old host of the White House.

"The Americans deserve to know the facts about his troubling conflicts of interest who, under his presidency, have undermined our security and our democracy," she felt in a statement.

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