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Trump Asks Court Not To Release Tax Returns To Congress

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Former President Donald Trump’s legal team asked a federal court Wednesday to block the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) from releasing his tax returns to the House Ways and Means Committee.

Trump’s lawyers argued in a filing in the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia that releasing his tax returns to Congress is simply a means to “expose private tax information … for political gain,” and that the legal authority invoked by the committee has never been used against a president or other elected official.

“They were made to retaliate against President Trump because of his policy positions, his political beliefs, and his protected speech, including the positions he took during the 2016 and 2020 campaigns,” his lawyers wrote of the request.

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Trump’s lawyers further argued the Committee’s request for the tax returns “bore little resemblance to an effort to investigate how the IRS audits presidents.” They added that the Committee’s request “asked for the information of only one president, asked for open files for which audits have not been completed, and never asked the IRS for the most relevant information.”

The filing Wednesday not only asked the court to block the Treasury but … (Read more)

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