Former President Donald Trump and his lawyers are attempting to block the Treasury Department from sharing Trump’s tax returns with Congress.
The legal filing argues that Congress is politically driven to obtain the records “for the sake of exposure, to improperly conduct law enforcement, or some other impermissible goal—not to study federal legislation.” Continuing, the filing outlined violations of Trump’s First Amendment rights, “The requests single out President Trump because he is a Republican and a political opponent. 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.”
On Monday, the Justice Department ruled the Internal Revenue Service must release former Trump’s tax returns. An opinion from the DOJ’s Office of Legal Counsel suggests the investigative committee “has invoked sufficient reasons for requesting the former President’s tax information.”
Trump’s lawyers suggest the request lacks evidence and is pretextual. Since 2018, lawmakers have dedicated a large amount of their time and taxpayer money to investigate the former President.
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