The Justice Department said Friday that former President Donald Trump’s tax returns may be released to congressional Democrats.
Reversing a legal opinion by the Trump administration, the department said lawmakers are entitled to the information under an arcane law allowing the heads of Congress’s tax committees to examine anyone’s private tax information.
“The Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee has invoked sufficient reasons for requesting the former President’s tax information,” the department’s office of legal counsel said. “Treasury must furnish the information to the Committee.”
Democrats have been suing for the long-hidden filings for more than a year, after the Trump administration said they did not have a legitimate reason for seeking the information.
“It’s about damn time,” said Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.), head of the Ways and Means oversight subcommittee.
“Our committee first sought Donald Trump’s tax returns on April 3, 2019 – 849 days ago. Our request was made in full accordance with the law and pursuant to Congress’s constitutional oversight powers.”