Neal files federal lawsuit for President Trump’s tax returns

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WASHINGTON (AP/WWLP) — A House committee has filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking President Donald Trump’s tax returns and accompanying administrative files.

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday by the Ways and Means Committee against the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service. Congressman Richard Neal is the Chairman of the committee.

Neal first requested Trump’s tax returns on April 3 by sending a written request to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig. Neal then subpoenaed the Department of Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin, and Rettig on May 10 after his request was not met. So far, Mnuchin and Rettig have yet to comply with the subpoenas.

The committee says it doesn’t have to explain its reasons for seeking Trump’s tax return information. It says the administration defied a subpoena for the documents “in order to shield President Trump’s tax return information from Congressional scrutiny.”

The committee says it’s investigating tax law compliance by the president, among other things.

Neal released a statement Tuesday, which reads:

As part of the Ways and Means Committee’s investigation into the mandatory audit program at the IRS, I used my authority under Section 6103 of the Internal Revenue Code to request six years of the President’s tax returns.

Despite its mandatory obligation, the Treasury Department failed to comply with the law and denied the Committee’s request. The Administration also refused to comply with the subpoenas I subsequently issued in an effort to obtain the materials. Due to that noncompliance, the Committee is now pursuing this matter in the federal courts

Congressman Richard Neal, Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee

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