During an interview on Thursday, Republican Representative Rob Woodall (R-Ga.) fired back at Democrats’ requests for six years of President Donald Trump’s tax returns.
According to the GOP representative and member of the House Budget Committee, a president should not be forced to release his tax records.
“We’re politicizing the tax system,” Woodall said during an interview with Hill.TV. “Presidents have never been forced to release it, they volunteered to release those tax returns.”
He pointed out that the Ways and Means Committee is using their power to make calculated political moves.
“To see what the Ways and Means Committee is doing, now to use its article one power to weaponize the tax code is really disturbing,” Woodall said.
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As IJR previously reported, Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.), requested Trump’s returns.
“The Ways and Means Committee, in particular, has a responsibility to conduct oversight of our voluntary Federal tax system and determine how Americans — including those elected to our highest office — are complying with those laws,” said Neal in a statement.
This move prompted some Republicans to speak out against the request.
“Weaponizing our nation’s tax code by targeting political foes sets a dangerous precedent and weakens Americans privacy right,” Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) said. “As you know, all Americans have a fundamental right to the privacy of the personal information found in their tax returns.”
However, Woodall hopes that this issue will be something that will quickly be resolved and that the committee will continue to work on other important topics.
“I hope it is just a sign of this first quarter outrage and that we’ll quickly move past that and get into the things the Ways and Means Committee needs to be working on, like trade, like tax policy, like healthcare,” said Woodall.
There is no official date set for when the IRS Commissioner will make his decision on releasing the returns, but the Treasury Department is already considering fighting the request in court.