House Democrats are planning to renew their efforts to obtain President Trump’s federal tax returns after he leaves office next year.
“Based on the principle of the issue, not the politics of it, yes, you have to stay with the case,” House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.) told The Wall Street Journal this week.
Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.), a senior Ways and Means Committee member who has been a leading advocate for obtaining Trump’s tax returns, told the Journal that lawmakers “have an obligation to examine this and follow the money.”
In April 2019, Neal requested Trump’s personal and business tax returns from 2013 through 2018 from the IRS. He cited a provision in the federal tax code that states that the Treasury secretary “shall furnish” tax returns requested by the chairpeople of Congress’s tax committees.
Neal has said that the Ways and Means Committee wants Trump’s tax returns because the panel is conducting oversight and considering legislative proposals relating to how the IRS enforces tax laws against presidents.