Springfield Congressman Richard Neal announced Wednesday that he has requested President Donald Trump’s tax returns from the IRS. Neal, a Democrat, is the chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, which deals with deals with taxation.
Neal is requesting six years of President Trump’s tax returns.
Wednesday, the congressman tweeted out the letter he sent to the IRS that formally made the request. In a statement to CNN, Neal said that the request is about “policy, not politics.”
Democrats have been demanding to see Trump’s tax returns since the 2016 campaign, with Neal’s request just the first stage of what will likely be a lengthy legal battle to obtain them. Since he was a candidate, Trump has claimed that he cannot release his returns, because he is under audit by the IRS.
Members of the president’s cabinet have said that they will protect Trump’s privacy as they would protect any individual taxpayer in a similar situation.
The IRS has until next Wednesday to comply with the request.