In a letter sent to the Internal Revenue Service, Democrat House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal said he wants to see the last six years of President Trump’s personal and business tax information, the Daily Caller reports.
President Trump has been in an embroiled fight with Democratic lawmakers since the 2016 presidential campaign when Trump first said he was not able to release his tax returns because they were under a federal audit.
The justification did little to pacify Democrats who repeatedly asked him for the information and are asking again.
When Democrats won back their majority in the House of Representatives during the 2018 midterm elections, they were undoubtedly going to use new powers to seek these tax records—and now they are but according to Neal it is “not politics.”
As the Daily Caller reports, Neal described in the letter that he is intending to see if the IRS is acting “fully and appropriately” on its policy to audit.
“Little is known about the effectiveness of this program. On behalf of the American people, the Ways and Means Committee must determine if that policy is being followed, and, if so, whether these audits are conducted fully and appropriately,” Neal said in the letter via the Daily Caller.
The House Ways and Means Committee Chairman continued: “This request is about policy, not politics; my preparations were made on my own track and timeline, entirely independent of other activities in Congress and the Administration. My actions reflect an abiding reverence for our democracy and our institutions, and are in no way based on the emotion of the moment or partisanship.”
Here’s more from the report:
“We are under audit, despite what people said, and working that out,” Trump told reporters at the White House. “I’m always under audit, it seems, but I’ve been under audit for many years because the numbers are big, and I guess when you have a name, you’re audited. But until such time as I’m not under audit, I would not be inclined to do it.”