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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with members of the House Ways and Means Committee as ranking member Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA) (L) listen September 26, 2017 at the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC. Alex Wong/Getty Images
In a pivotal new ruling, the Department of Justice that the IRS must hand over Donald Trump's income tax returns to Congress.
The move is a reversal from a 2019 ruling from the Trump-era Office of Legal Counsel which found that House Ways and Means chair Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., did not provide a strong enough request to warrant the release.
DOJ says Durham’s report should ‘permit public dissemination’
Special counsel John Durham's report into the Trump-Russia investigators should be submitted in a way that allows it to be released to the public when completed, the Justice Department said. © Provided by Washington Examiner Sens. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin pressed Attorney General Merrick Garland for answers about Durham’s inquiry.
Trump's taxes are "a plainly legitimate area for congressional inquiry," according to the new ruling. "The Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee has invoked sufficient reasons for requesting the former President's tax information," the DOJ this time around, adding: that the "Treasury must furnish the information to the Committee."
"The statute at issue here is unambiguous: 'Upon written request' of the chairman of one of the three congressional tax committees, the Secretary 'shall furnish' the requested tax information to the Committee," the department wrote.
Throughout his time in office, Trump remained one of the only presidents in modern U.S. history not to refuse to release his tax returns, long casting doubt over whether the former president had something to hide. Back in May of 2019, a New York Times investigation found that the former president had suffered from chronic financial losses for years.
Letter: Trump legal team not trying to block testimony of former DOJ officials .
The Biden Justice Department issued a recent memo making clear it would not stand in the way of Congress seeking testimony from its predecessor’s DOJ. Beyond Maloney’s committee, the select panel on the Jan. 6 Capitol attack and the Senate Judiciary Committee are also poised to ramp up their investigations into the Trump administration in the coming weeks. During his presidency, the Trump administration broadly asserted executive privilege and fought Democrats’ subpoenas, stymying Democrats’ attempts to investigate the administration. But Democrats shouldn’t view testimony from ex-Trump DOJ officials as a done deal.