House Panel Sues Treasury, IRS Over Trump’s Tax Returns

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A House of Representatives panel filed suit on Tuesday against the U.S. Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service, as it wrangled to obtain President Donald Trump’s tax returns.

The Democratic-led House Ways and Means Committee filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia after the Treasury Department refused a request for tax information about the Republican president.

“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 lawsuit said.

The lawsuit said the committee believes it was the first time an administration has denied such a request.

The committee is one of half a dozen that are conducting investigations involving Trump and his administration, from his campaign’s contacts with Russians during the 2016 presidential race to the sprawling business interests he has not divested since taking office.

The White House is refusing to cooperate with must of them, setting up potential legal battles like this one.

Democrats have pressed Trump to release tax records from 2013 to 2018, which legal experts said could shed light on the president’s business dealings. Such a legal process, experts said, could unfold slowly and become an issue in the 2020 election.

The lawsuit, which also names Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, said the administrations continued refusal to produce the materials “is depriving the Committee of information necessary to complete its time-limited investigation, thereby impeding its most basic constitutional functions.”

It asked the court to force the administration to comply.

(Reporting by Susan Heavey; Writing by Doina Chiacu; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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Allen Zabel
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I’m still wondering why Barry Satoro’s college records, his history, wasn’t scrutinized.
Oh, that’s right.
He was Black (Actually half white) he was Law scholar (never proven) and he was a Democrat. (i.e. socialist, communist, traitor)

Cherl
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Do these crackpots really believe that if there was anything to see that someone would have found a way to leak it long before now! STOP wasting the money of the legal citizens!!!

Charles
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Half a dozen investigations about Trump. That’s nothing but harassment. The Democrats are trying to effect a coup. Is this what we pay them for?

Charles
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what is the problem with this post?

Jeffrey Moore
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Still trying to overturn the 2016 election and they only have until 2020 to do it.

Jeff T.
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If the Democrats paid half the attention to their base as they do to Trump, they would know that beyond the limited scope of their supporters (i.e. the direct recipients of all things promised for free) there lies a a much larger crowd that prefers a position much more moderate. They are out of touch with (the majority of their) constituents, and with most Americans. Trump is sure to win in 2020.

Screwtape
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Government eating itself. It’s less like an auto-immune disorder and more like orourboros, the snake eating its own tail.

What it says is that there are more persons in Congress with too much time on their hands. Harassment beats doing their jobs.

Bob
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The Democrats are engaging in the proverbial throwing everything possible against the wall in the hope that something would stick.

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