Almost four years after Trump declared his candidacy, two years into his presidency, and three months after Democrats took control of the House of Representatives, we might finally get to find out what’s in Donald Trump’s tax returns. Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA), the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, hand-delivered a letter to the IRS today requesting six years of Donald Trump’s personal and business tax returns, from 2013 through 2018.
Trump personal and business taxes requested from IRS by House Ways and Means Chairman Richard E. Neal: pic.twitter.com/eMaRIzncUL
— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) April 3, 2019
According to the New York Times, Neal is making the request under a provision of federal tax law that allows the committee to obtain the federal tax returns of anyone who files income taxes. The provision hasn’t been used to gain access to a president’s tax returns, but then again Trump is the only president since Nixon who hasn’t released his returns to the public.
— Steve Reilly (@BySteveReilly) April 3, 2019
Trump responded to the news by brushing off the inquiry from House Democrats, although his lax attitude might have something to do with his mistaken belief that Neal is asking him to personally release his tax returns, when in fact he’s asking the IRS to send a copy over.
This is how @realDonaldTrump responded to the news that House Ways and Means Committee is asking for his tax returns from the past 6 years:
"Is that all? Usually it's ten, so I guess they're giving up."
— Elizabeth Landers (@ElizLanders) April 3, 2019
Informed of House Ways & Means request for his tax returns, @POTUS says he's still under audit. "I'm always under audit it seems," He said until he's no longer under audit, he's "not inclined" to release his returns. Though the Congressional request was to the IRS – not to him. pic.twitter.com/Ga3xsQIpxn
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) April 3, 2019
Still, the request is expected to be challenged in court. Trump’s usual excuse that he’s under audit probably won’t suffice though, and Neal can (finally) find out whether any of those audits were real.
Trump’s “ten years” comment may have been referring to efforts by Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), who chairs the House Oversight and Reform Committee. Cummings is seeking ten years of Trump’s tax returns from the accounting firm Mazars USA using his subpoena power.
“They have told us that they will provide the information pretty much when they have a subpoena,” the chairman, Rep. Cummings said to reporters. “And we’ll get them a subpoena.”
And in other positive news about Democrats finally using their power, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-VA) of the House Judiciary Committee has been empowered by a committee vote to subpoena the full, un-redacted Mueller report. It’s a move Trump has called a “disgrace,” despite previous claims that he wants the full report—which he falsely says totally exonerates him—released to the public.
Trump: demands for release of the full Mueller report are a "disgrace" pic.twitter.com/dxkC6XL26L
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) April 2, 2019
There is no amount of testimony or document production that can satisfy Jerry Nadler or Shifty Adam Schiff. It is now time to focus exclusively on properly running our great Country!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 2, 2019
The House Judiciary Committee is also planning to approve subpoenas for former White House aides Steve Bannon, Reince Priebus, Don McGahn, and Annie Donaldson as part of their investigation into Trump’s alleged obstruction of justice.